I am frequently amazed and amused by my social interaction with other cultures. Ok, that’s just the P.C. way of saying white folks. Recently, I was out and about doing grown up errands and generally having a very “me” day in my usual casual jeans and t-shirt gear. This day, my t-shirt happened to have […]


Fall is here – at least in spirit. The official change of seasons is still a few days away, but nevertheless, the leaves are already starting to fall in some places, kids are going back to school, and Starbucks is selling their Pumpkin Spice lattes. By next week, I’ll likely be breaking out my Uggs […]


It seems like I’m always learning something new about my co-workers. I’ve been around at the City of Buena Beach Recreation Division for a few years now, so I figured I knew most folks pretty well. Not necessarily because they’ve spilled their guts after a few too many drinks at happy hour or […]


The sirens, sweltering heat, the rumbling of the B, D and #4 trains and street level conversations at 174th and Walton awakened me at about 10:30 on Sunday morning. Rather than try to fight it, I practically jumped up off the air mattress in the middle of the living room like a kid on Christmas […]


Help me out here, fellas. Why do so many of you feel the need to screw up so badly, so early? What compels you to piss us off, or worse, turn us off, before we even get the chance to get turned on? Do you know how hard it is to […]


It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
Really, in a nutshell, that sums up last weekend for me. Yes, that’s right, I said weekend. This was that rare personal trip for me, which means a) It’s not company sponsored so, b) I’m trying to make like Rachel Ray and […]

On The Hot Seat, Part Two

Oh boy! I think I started something by posting those questions from “The Cookie Lady” last week. Before they made it online, she had a brand new set of questions that she wanted me to answer. LOL! The truth of the matter is that since the very beginning of our relationship she […]

Swearing Solidarity

I don’t know how things went down at your home growing up, but in the Brown home, cursing was as routine as our spaghetti Sundays.
You come in after curfew, and it was… “Where the #%?@ have you been?”
Television too loud?: “#@&%, turn that $#!% down - can’t even hear myself think!”
Boyfriend […]

1989 Was Live…

“1989! A number. Another summer.” 8th grade was probably the second best school year of my childhood. There were fights damn near every week, including a teacher-student confrontation for the ages; sports tournaments between the homerooms; girls started to like me; nighttime hide-and-go-seek in the neighborhood; and just an overall feeling of […]

Got My Eye On “That Guy”

Last weekend I packed up my mom, my niece and as many troubles as would fit into my suitcase and headed north. Waayy north—damn near to Canada. And after a 12-hour train ride and four hours of driving with just a dented metal divider separating me and my pretties from a six-story drop […]