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Social Worker, Poet & Activist
In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, I pondered about Dr. King’s last day on earth; the day before he became immortal.
April is Poetry Month and Poetry Therapy can be the door that opens one to feeling, strengths, possibilities, and hope.
It is like knowing where you were when the Challenger exploded or when the Twin Towers went down.
(SHA- den- froid- dah)
An alternate holiday greeting for our newly altered world.
So how do we survive the “Season of Schadenfreude”?
The president promises: “Healthcare for All.” But I quote Baldwin: “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.”
Working full time can be hard enough when you have hiv, but when losing a job means losing health care, the stress is on.
John Lennon once said:
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans.”
And LIFE happened to yours truly....
You feel me?"
I ended up sitting in my doctor’s office, on more occasions that I want to admit, with him trying to boost my spirits and give me the facts....
I remember when I first met Dr. Bellman, at Friends in Deed in 1997 - I might have just been two months with my diagnosis of AIDS and I was ou...
In my ’shaken state,’ I started to wonder what King would do. What would Martin Luther King Jr. do if he was around in the 21st century, in t...
’The (Holiday) Bermuda Triangle’ - the time between the Thanksgiving and Christmas/Chanukah (and Kwanzaa) holidays, usually ending somewhere a...
I took for granted that now that the ’hiv’ was ’playing nice,’ I can keep it moving. Nothing else could happen... I didn’t see this ’surge’ co...
It’s summer in New York City, and when you think of summer in New York, you think of... the subway.
I want to honor my mentor, a fellow Taurean, who was a teacher, who is now a guidepost on my trek, that comes one birthday at a time.
Here is the manuscript I composed for the press conference. I rather speak extemporaneously, with an outline to maybe guide me, but I wanted...
Please forgive me for being a bit tardy with my entry - I was caught in what a social worker dreads: The “Pre-Audit Vortex.” It’s a monster,...
I want to share with you a poem that I feel embraces everyone and makes us think of a love larger and stronger than a Hallmark card or e-Valen...
I took my ’reality check’ and cashed it in to give my first offering to you.
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