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Textual Healing – Week #2

[caption id="attachment_1088" align="alignright" width="300"] Textual Healing Session #2, September 15, 2018. Photo by Jess Gilliam, Ignite the Voice, Inc.[/caption] On Saturday, I led a discussion and journaling activity on the topic of Rejection in Session #2 of the 6-week series, "Textual Healing," sponsored by Ignite the Voice, Inc. The majority of the middle and high school-aged participants were able to recall scenarios where they had experienced rejection - mostly in the areas of friendship and from authority figures. As I…

Thank you for Supporting My First Book Signing

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported and helped out with my first book signing event in New Haven in June! View on Flipagram My next event will be on September 9, 2017 at 10am at the Bridgeport Library, 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Refreshments will be served and books will be sold and signed. Hope to see you there!

Behind the Story: Miss Light

I don’t really feel like I can take credit for writing the “Miss Light” story because it came to be while I was half asleep. Saturday night around 3am, I experienced sleep paralysis and woke myself up exerting so much energy trying to turn over. “Write about your friendship with God,” a voice in my head said. “What?! How the heck am I supposed to do that?” I thought back. “Don’t worry, I got you. Grab your notebook.” And out…

New Posts Coming in January!

I started this blog back in May as a place to store very personal stories about myself. I shared these stories as a dare from God and my therapist. Throughout this journey, I’ve learned how much shame and hurt I was carrying inside, I’ve become more aware of my feelings, and I’ve started to take them more seriously. I’ve learned more about my likes, my dislikes, and what behaviors I’m willing and unwilling to accept from others. I’ve also learned…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!! I'm so grateful to each and every one of you who have read my stories. Thank you for allowing me to share some of my most humbling moments with you.  Have a great day!  Love always, Stacy 

Election Grief

Denial. Bargaining. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I am grieving. Yesterday I took lots of naps, ate macaroni and cheese and cookies, and started lots of fist fights on Grand Theft Auto. While I am disappointed that President-Elect Donald Trump will be my next president, I am more upset by my peers who supported him throughout this season. You have disappointed me. Yes, I actually mean you…as an individual. You – the former classmates, the former coworkers, the people I’ve danced with,…

AfterBirth

When you go see the movie “Birth of a Nation” and then return home to “your” city that’s 8 percent black; where your upstairs neighbor, a white male, continually tries to convince your black dad why he and other black people should vote for Trump, a misogynistic man with a history of racial discrimination lawsuits; where another neighbor who’s a white cop, has only spoken to you once in the 3 years you’ve lived next door to him - that…

Great Expectations

[caption id="attachment_757" align="aligncenter" width="3264"] Me and some of the girls from Spelman College's Early College Program in 1999[/caption] I had my life planned out at nine-years-old. One Thursday night, while I was at my grandmother’s house for our weekly Cosby Show date, we discussed where I would go to college and graduate school. I knew Hillman College would prepare me to become a lawyer, an author, and a cashier. Cliff and Claire Huxtable went there. He was a doctor, and…