Category Archives: History

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award Winning Story: Oakland Mothers, Oakland Wives

Author’s Note: Back in December, I was notified that I won 1st Place in the horror short story category of Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. I was quite pleased by this honor, and consider it just one marker in a … Continue reading

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Defiance of a Post-Truth World

When writing blogs and developing an online presence, I’ve always been mindful of not alienating a segment of any audience drawn to this site. I try to cover topics that would hopefully appeal to all people, despite their background. Finding … Continue reading

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Moonshine, a Layperson’s Review: Midnight Moon, Strawberry Edition

With the end of the year just around the corner, I figured it was only fair to provide one last moonshine review before the holiday season. This time we’re revisiting the good folks at Midnight Moon, affiliated with the Piedmont … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Amazing Collard Greens Recipe…

I wanted to end the month on a positive note, so I’ll do that by sharing a comfort food recipe that my grandmother and mother prepared around the Thanksgiving holiday: collard greens. This side dish is prepared throughout much of … Continue reading

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A Visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture…

When approaching the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the first thing I notice is its size. “Monolithic” comes to mind. On the National Mall of Washington, D.C., the trapezoidal prism encompasses five-acres. Its scale placed into … Continue reading

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Epic 4th of July in Washington D.C.: Dim Sum, Firecrackers, and Malt Liquor

An Indian, a Honduran, a white guy, and a black guy walk into a Chinese restaurant on the 4th of July. Nope, this isn’t a joke, but the beginning of an American Independence Day celebration that says much about what … Continue reading

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Arlington House, the Home of General Robert E. Lee

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend a reception held at Arlington House, in Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. For those who don’t know, Arlington House was built between 1802 … Continue reading

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