Month: April 2014

The Sterling Situation

There have been so many articles written about this man in the last few days that it’s making my head spin trying to keep up with them. Then throw the Facebook newsfeed on top of that and all of the debate back and forth about each article that comes up. But in all of that, two contrasting themes have emerged, at least within my FB newsfeed and some of the comments on the articles I’ve read: 1) We (black folk) need to start making more vocal stands and engaging in more tangible activism, i.e., stop being cowards, and 2)  The burden of change shouldn’t be on those that are marginalized but those that are responsible for the marginalization, i.e., white folks, and furthermore, that those calling ‘coward’ aren’t respecting the need for survival. Of course, this is my overgeneralization of complex opinions where most people, like myself, fall somewhere along the spectrum. I don’t think this is an either/or issue; it’s a both/and. I don’t think the responsibility should be solely ours (people of color) to educate the dominant group about why something …

The struggle of healthy living

The struggle is real. For me it’s always evolving. I see myself getting focused and on track and then the slightest thing will throw me off–moving, occupation changes, the temperature, the seasons (in New Orleans, that means carnival, festival, hurricane, etc.), and so on. Also, just getting older I’m finding out my body doesn’t handle certain foods the way it used to; or maybe it never did but it was easier to deal with when I was a teenager. For lent I gave up meat/dairy and hard liquor. There were, of course, some exceptions here and there, some cheat days and whatnot, but for the most part I stayed on track. I even got myself on a better exercise regimen, returning to a fitness website/blog I used to follow (Zuzka Light), where I can workout in my living room with little to no equipment. Overall, I feel better and (I think) look better, although I definitely missed my meat & eggs. I don’t have any plans of becoming a vegan anytime soon. But I do plan on making my …