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Birthday Observations Early in the Morning…

My birthday’s today. It’s 2:48am and I’ve got life lessons to share. Taking into account my insomnia, please permit me to convey what I’ve acquired over the past 44 years. I hope the following words benefit my readers, from Russia … Continue reading

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A Lesson on Beauty…

I knew this girl in junior high; most of the kids in school considered her quite attractive. She congregated in a circle of lovely friends, with her as the “Queen Bee” of that little hive. I won’t provide her name. … Continue reading

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Rural Gothic: Oakland Mothers, Oakland Wives

1914: Elizabeth Oakland I gave birth to my husband in 1863, five months after he died during the Battle of Gettysburg. The babe I held in my arms emerged as a vessel of my husband’s soul. He told me this … Continue reading

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Whose Job Is It to Reveal When a Woman is Unavailable?

This is my third article with Playboy, based on several incidents that occurred last year, where I would meet and have great conversations with women, only to find out they had a husband or boyfriend, more than 30 minutes later. … Continue reading

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Wrote an Article for Playboy about Boko Haram and My Intense Visit to Niger as a Peace Corps Volunteer

I hope you find this article of interest. Special thanks to playboy.com for wishing to learn more about West African culture and contemporary issues. http://www.playboy.com/articles/the-time-we-were-almost-killed-in-niger

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The Selective Missionary, or the Joy in Not Convincing You

Perhaps it happened in my mid-30s, but I noticed that I became more selective in engaging in passionate discourse about topics both personal and societal. It’s not that I stopped caring, or that I wouldn’t defend certain beliefs with sincerity. … Continue reading

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The Martyrs’ Potluck

What did martyrs eat? What were their favorite meals? Their favorite beverages to accompany dinner? Understandably, people ponder the accomplishments, the historical significance, and the cultural impact of martyrs through time. However, it’s rare that folks consider what they enjoyed … Continue reading

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