What 20 is For

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in This was on my mind, Uncategorized | No Comments

“You’re 20! If I had 20 back oh, what a mess I’d make. 20 is for you. 20 is for growth. 20 is for the pursuit of a tomorrow that is better than today. 20 is for options. 20 is for passion and knowledge and enjoyment. It is not for continuous compromise. It is not […]

Ella Escapes Her Ersatz E-Life … Love in the Shadows of Social Media

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in This was on my mind, Uncategorized | No Comments

Virtually Ignored                                        by Lynn Toler                      I. I am engaged in a virtual battle with women I never see. Enticed. Seduced. Snap-chatted. Induced. An invisible army declared […]

What Lies Beneath: Abuse, Harassment and Horror

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in This was on my mind | No Comments

I know these things seem unrelated but I don’t believe they are. They, too, feel like intractable problems but I don’t believe that either. •A man climbs into his car with his estranged wife and their children and drives them all into a lake. •An eight-year-old boy is found hanging in his closet after being […]

Losing Nineteen

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in This was on my mind | No Comments

LOSING NINETEEN BY JUDGE LYNN C. TOLER  I lost Nineteen again today.  Abandoning himself to that wasteland we offhandedly call ‘the system’, he just walked away – casually  – like it was no big deal.  Some claim I shouldn’t say I lost him, though, considering what I do.  While I am a Black woman, I […]