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My Mother’s Saris Are Worth More Than Their Weight in Gold

It was the NPR piece, “Love is Saying ‘Sari’”, that made me reflect on my connection to the sari as well as my own experiences with potential loss and the importance of leaving a legacy. My sister and I sit in my parent’s … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month – Women in AVIATION

We have all heard of female aviators and their accomplishments:  Harriet Quimby the first American woman to earn a pilot’s license; Amelia Earhart the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean; and Bessie Coleman the first African-American … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month – Women in WAR

Many of the women who served as spies in wartime took their secrets to the grave and were known only to their contacts. They came from all backgrounds and, while some served in the military, others were journalists, actresses and … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month – Women in ART

Female artists have been making art throughout history however their work has not always been as well acknowledged or received as that of their male counterparts.  They faced challenges due to gender bias in training, travel, selling their work and gaining recognition. … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month – Women in STEM

History has not always been kind to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Some women , like Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper, were recognized for their phenomenal work during their lifetimes.  However, many women have passed long … Continue reading

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To My Mother-in-Law: I Was Wrong

You always stole my thunder. You gave them everything they wanted. You never said no when they asked for anything: a second helping of dessert; candy before dinner; a few more minutes in the bath; or money for the ice … Continue reading

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Value in Loss

My Mom was a person who valued people and time. She valued the relationships she had with others with respect, respectful honesty, thoughtfulness, insight, intelligence, humor and love. Some people may say that one sees something “very black and white”. … Continue reading

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Kayla Mueller : The Daughter that Every Mother Hopes She is Raising

Kayla Mueller had been held hostage by the Islamic State since 2013.  She was kidnapped while leaving a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria on August 4th – just 10 days shy of her 25th birthday.  She was working … Continue reading

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And, I am an African.

Over the years, I have taken up a new identity. I have embraced a wide and broad title. A title which sometimes feels bigger than I am, but one which nonetheless I am carrying with the utmost pride and dignity. Now, I … Continue reading

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The Gift of Life

“They said it’s cancer,” my mom said on the other end of the line. I got up from the table where I was playing ‘Princesses’ with the little girls I was babysitting and paced the hallway.  “Oh?” I said, trying to … Continue reading

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