"Money won't change you, but time will take you on!"

In my 20's. I felt very strongly about having a bedroom to myself, free of a husband or lover's presence unless I allowed it.  To me, it was the epitome of romantic/erotic relationships, guaranteed to stave off boredom and being taken for granted.  I also desired a relationship with a lover who lived within an hour's commute by air, or six hours by road.  The rationale was that during the week, our professional lives would be consumed by the attention we gave them, thus leaving us free on weekends and holidays to be completely absorbed with each other.  For example, my place would be in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his would be in Los Angeles.  I never achieved that goal.

Now that I live alone, my perspective has shifted, slightly.  I would love to have a companion whose wisdom and appreciation for me makes it easier to accept the changes that aging brings.  Someone whose company is lighthearted and non-judgmental. Someone with whom I can laugh about not being as fleet of foot, or the importance of eyeglasses, foods that become increasingly incompatible with the state of our teeth/dentures.

Most of all, someone who does not allow our mortality to cripple our plans to travel, to volunteer for community projects, to embrace each other's family members without being smothered.

Somehow, I followed my intuition (probably from my upbringing) to have a circle of friends of different ages, cultures, sexual orientation, but with the common bond of celebrating our African heritage.

I no longer work outside of my house.  Each day brings an opportunity to decide how I will use the hours presented to us. Each decision is made, taking into account my health concerns, as well as, my attitude.

Growing older can be managed if a plan to age gracefully, was initiated in one's 20's/30's by creating relationships with othek notrs of like mind and heart. (Caveat: everyone changes according to life's dictates) developing work not impacted by time/distance, and satisfies the soul and heart.  Paradoxically, the wisdom to prepare for old age only comes with old age!

To withstand circumstances, requires a level of courage that most of us lack.  For me, it is to keep moving forward and having the faith that it took for my ancestors to endure-- being uprooted, enslaved, transplanted, tortured, brutalized, dehumanized--and in their DNA, passed down to me.  It is my responsibility to honor their memory by using their example to leave a legacy of love, peace, joy and abundance.

Sharing my Dream with other Dreamers

My first published work: Cat-Eyed Woman From Louisiana

Available at:

Amazon.com and Northshire Book Store




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May 1, 2020

I did not move to Panama, sight unseen, to retire, to visit friends, nor to see the Panama Canal, one of the world’s Seven Modern Wonders.  In 2007, I came to work as a teacher at an international school.  The hiring process was conducted via fax, email, and telephone...

September 11, 2019

One of my favorite vocal artists was South Africa's Miriam Makeba, and one of her songs that has stuck in my memory, is "I Can't Cross Over," about a woman unable to cross the river to go into town.

My own experience of not being able to “cross over” happened on the mor...

June 3, 2019

Your leg across my hip anchors me,

Safe to soar in my dreams.

Nibbling my toes, then moving up,

Your lips smooth impressions left

On my body by wrinkled sheets.

Hands cradling slumber trapped

Behind my eyelids.

Gentle gaze entreats reciprocity,

I awaken, yet not fully free of...

May 21, 2019


a poem for gabby

by Octavia McBride-Ahebee

on monday

the school yard swelled

with hysterical enterprise


by you.



            l o              n g,...

May 21, 2019

I am so excited to share the work of my friend and colleague, Octavia McBride-Ahebee, whose new poetry collection, Praise Song for the Gravediggers, was recently published.  The following poems, Playing Dead for the Summer and a poem for gabby, which both appear in the...

Bashira announced

on the last day of school

with the calmness of the perpetually battered

-unaware of what blow took her down-

she had set aflame her replica of Denmark Vesey's church

made for a 3rd grade school project

made from Michael's discounted clay

enlivened by the his...

March 27, 2019

Last night’s full moon made love to me as 

I sprawled, awestruck, pulled by the intensity of its gaze 

into a passionate embrace, rocking my hammock gently,

imitating a human lover’s thrust.

Trade winds, skimming the sea’s surface,  

tickling the waves to

shimmer, shimm...

March 20, 2019

Someone once said that you can tell a lot about a person's character by the way they handle three things: a rainy holiday, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

My character measurement tools are loss of water with which to bathe, or loss of electricity in th...

March 18, 2019

Sometimes, the urge to satisfy curiosity leads us away from the safe and familiar into paths that may lead to tragedy.

March 2, 2019

In my 20's, I felt very strongly about having a bedroom to myself, free of a husband or lover's presence unless I allowed it.  To me, it was the epitome of romantic/erotic relationships, guaranteed to stave off boredom and being taken for granted.  I also desired a rel...

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