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Teeming with Teens

The last couple weeks of my life have been full of teens. I’m driving them, talking to them, listening to them, building programs for them… you name it. And, I have to tell you, I am excited. (Full disclosure: I might have sarcastically asked one if I needed to draw a map for her to…
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#BringBackOurGirls

I am Nigerian. My father was born in Nigeria. He worked hard and was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to travel to the United States for his college education. He met my mother… and the rest is history. I am my father’s daughter. I have two daughters of my own, both deeply embedded…
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Ben’s Birthday

I’ve always thought it appropriate that Benjamin Franklin –inventor, creator, thinker – was born in January, a time when people feel inspired by the unspoken promises that come with a new year.  Inspired to re-invent themselves, create new opportunities, think outside the box.   I admire that Ben had the courage (and the foresight) to challenge…
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Happy Bake Cookies Day!

When Ken and I married four years ago this past October, we had a small wedding. And while we’d asked that guests “just bring yourself” – discouraging any gift-giving – my BFF and her partner showed up with a ginormous, need-a-forklift package, which, when I unwrapped it the next day, began howling with laughter. “You…
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40 until 40

Uh oh, it’s the BIG 4-0! People enjoyed teasing me about turning 40 on November 3rd of this year and most were surprised to find I wasn’t rattled by it, especially those that knew I didn’t handle 30 so well.  This time I opted to take a different approach for acknowledging this most recent decade.  I…
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A Wish for my Children

Dear Phoenix and Trinity, It’s November and the Gratitude Train continues rolling along. I was recently gifted with a reason to pause and think about my life, life’s fragility, and my legacy. You two popped right into mind. I sincerely hope that you see me as much more than the grouchy den mother who barks…
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Paradise Found

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity…. When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a…
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Don’t “Fall” Down

On one of the last and hottest summer days in “The Great Gatsby” Daisy asks, as the bored elite lazily sit around fanning themselves, “What shall we do with ourselves today, and the day after that?” To which Jordan, Daisy’s best friend, answers, “Don’t be morbid. Life starts all over again when it gets crisp…
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Read a Book…. Any Book

Read a Book…. Any Book About a month ago, I was in Los Angeles having dinner with one of my favorite people and she laughed at me. (Quick aside – if you are in Los Angeles, definitely head over to Marina del Rey to Killer Shrimp and order their specialty. The Killer Shrimp over rice…
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HappyThon 2013

Oh yeah – it’s that time! HappyThon 2013! “What?” you ask? HappyThon 2013. August is Happiness Happens Month and today, August 8, is Happiness Happens Day! “Why?” you ask? (And for those of you who appreciate my sarcastic and cynical side, you are probably wondering how I got on board.) Because – wouldn’t the world…
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