Tag: civil rights

Trying to Break Free: A Lesson in Determination

Mom has given me cherry-flavored Lundren’s throat lozenges for my sore throat. I keep them in my coat pocket. At playground time, I am the most popular girl at the swing set. It is springtime. We have an incubator in our lunchroom. It has…

Rev your engines!

  Grab you keys your self-esteem keep your hope alive and get behind your wheels of choice and drive, baby, drive!       photo credit and article

Contending with Fear

I sit next to Gladys and, without choice, allow my head to throb. My eyes are filled with invisible grains of sand. My body is limp from exhaustion. Mrs. Roberts must feel the same way, only worse. She also has to contend with two…

Sitting in the back of the bus

I’m sitting with Isaac in the back of the bus as we pass Pease Park, one of my favorites. Daddy said Governor Elisha Pease owned the land for a slave plantation. But Pease believed in the Union’s cause so I must imagine that he…

Retaliation of the wrong kind?

Isaac grabs Olvie’s arm as she reaches the doorknob. “Olvie, don’t you do it. I don’t need protection just because a man’s called me names. I’m used to it. And you marching over there and giving him a tongue lashing will only make things…

Standing up to obstacles

Imagine having to protest for your right to be admitted into Officer Candidate School. When that conflict is resolved, you become a second lieutenant in the Army. But then, on an Army bus, you confront the Army Bus driver for telling you you have to sit…

If you are a Christian

As I sit here researching human rights, including the treatment of immigrants, the poor, the oppressed, I am reminded of my spirituality and the religions that are based on LOVE. One Christian song goes like this: Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world…

Crazy Olvie

The rock crashes through the front window and glass shatters over Gladys. Crazy Olvie reaches for the telephone that sits in its cubby space in the short hallway. “Hurry up, now. Read me the name of the Sheriff’s Department.” I know she meant to ask me to…

I just spoke to the Prez

He sent me this email. I know The Affordable Care Act has it’s issues. Still. Here’s my response. I should have asked him to tweet a response back. Something about blood coming out of my you-know-what. Dammit! Why do I think of these things…