Taking a stand…for what exactly?

By now, you might have heard of the wedding cake drama across the river from me in the town of Gresham, Oregon. Same-sex couple goes to a bakery there in preparation for their wedding and when the owner finds out the cake is for two brides, he refuses service, citing his religion (Christianity). A lot…

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Oregon Coast: Lincoln City

  Last weekend, our family hit up the Oregon Coast. Destination: Lincoln City! It was our first time there and we loved it. Here are some highlights: Eleanor’s Undertow, 869 SW 51st St. While the food is just okay, it’s a great place to take kids. There is an area in the back with video games…

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Fiction contest update

My story didn’t make it to the final round in the fiction contest. And perfect timing, Wordstock, the day before my birthday! *sad face* No, I jest. I love Wordstock and will definitely attend their festival in October. Maybe even attend a class or panel discussion. I have a lot of inspiration fuel left from…

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Story submitted!

The deadline for the Wordstock Short Fic Competition was Sunday, July 1. I handed my piece in Friday. *Emits huge sigh of relief*  

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Wordstock Ten Short Fiction Competition

A story, a particular story and the people in it, have been haunting me for over ten years! I want to write a short version of it, a snapshot into the lives of my dear characters, and enter it into this competition. There will be ten finalists. The top submission gets the first prize of…

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PDX vs. Philly

Our family finally made the trip to Philadelphia to visit my side of the family. Despite #1 not taking naps half the time and having many moments of crankiness, we had fun. I spent a lot of time while working as a reporter for a community newspaper trudging up and down Germantown Avenue, a major…

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Are those your children???

I’ve always said how I’ve never been asked this question and didn’t think I ever would. But it finally happened. While visiting family in Philadelphia, a woman asked me if my children were mine. This seems to be a right of passage for parents with mixed-race children. We were leaving the hotel to go out…

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Blacks in Oregon history

My latest article in Portland Family Magazine is about Black history. I highlight Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers, an organization whose goal is to preserve the historical contributions of Blacks in Oregon. Happy Black History Month!

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Natural hair care in Oregon

There is a petition floating around seeking support for a change in state regulations for natural hair stylists Oregon. Currently, if you want to do hair in most states, including Oregon, you have to go to cosmetology school. However, almost all of the course work is geared toward chemically or heat straightening the hair and you…

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