~Rien à Faire, A Part of the Covid Memoir~

Rien à faire // Nothing to do ‘Rien à faire’ This line is the first opening line of the French play En Attendant Godot, Waiting for Godot, whose basic premise is the endless wait for a character that never arrives. The title which is highlighted in gerund form further supports the idea of an endlessContinue reading “~Rien à Faire, A Part of the Covid Memoir~”

I Was Social Distancing Already. Corona Made it Harder.

I’d moved to a new city for work. I had Pennsylvania on my lips and mind months to graduation and so when I finally found work in the state after uncertain months in the Washington DC area, I knew manifesting and saying positive things into existence worked. I loved my new job. It came asContinue reading “I Was Social Distancing Already. Corona Made it Harder.”

Relationship Management Skills for Interacting with Adults and Kids

My resume so far is heavily dominated with research and instruction. It is going to be hard at this point to explain my interest or commitment to any employer offering me a chance in a field that did not necessarily relate closely or loosely with the areas I just mentioned. I’ve been through some personalContinue reading “Relationship Management Skills for Interacting with Adults and Kids”

Is Success Predetermined? ( Shoe Dog and Two Cases of Study )

I live on African news. On a certain evening in late October, I was having dinner and listening absent mindedly to the London based Nigerian reporter who hosts the BBC Africa podcast. I liked her pace, voice and near casual delivery. I threw down whatever crumbs of food I was eating and walked away fromContinue reading “Is Success Predetermined? ( Shoe Dog and Two Cases of Study )”

Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)

 Dr. Negash assigned this book in our 7000 writing class and like any flustered grad student, I decided that I’d read an article or two about it and read the real book later. The one thing that made me come back to this book outside of course my professor’s swearing by it, is the confusionContinue reading “Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)”

Baking Cakes In Kigali – Book Review

         In fast-paced texts that darted from phone to phone, Marina invited me to a talk that she thought I was going to be interested in. Yaa Gyasi was speaking at the University of Michigan and Marina thought I had to be there. I’d read and reviewed Homegoing and I was more thanContinue reading “Baking Cakes In Kigali – Book Review”

Book Review I, The Sympathizer – Viet Nguyen

I stared at the paperback and suspected immediately that the name Nguyen in Vietnam must be as common as the name Mensah in Ghana. ‘Ngu…yen’ I slowly stressed each syllable while completely throwing away any remote knowledge of the uselessness of some letters in some French words. Studying French for years had taught me better.Continue reading “Book Review I, The Sympathizer – Viet Nguyen”

Willie Lynch’s Letter on ‘How to Make a Slave’ and Personal Musings

A friend and I had an extensive conversation in which I literally forced him to agree that racism had a hand in the original plan of slavery. We had time on our hands, and we were high from shoving down what would later turn into poop. We were bursting with a raw desire to tossContinue reading “Willie Lynch’s Letter on ‘How to Make a Slave’ and Personal Musings”