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Part of the challenge of growing up Libra is learning that balance is never the end goal; what’s achievable is to never stop working toward balance, instead of thinking you’ve ever found it.

Oh, Mercury Retrograde…you trickster, you! Can always count on you to remind me of what and who I love most, and give me a chance to get my life right. Literally.

It is physically impossible to affirmatively respond to each and every request to appear at events and speaking engagements. But lately, the benefit to selectively deciding to show up and be counted has been clearer than ever before.

It’s been 10 years since we were transfixed by news reports of the destruction that Hurricane Katrina left in her wake, and the subsequent indifference of our national resources to help the stranded. How would YOU handle losing it all and going on?

I am a city girl, but I am not “hood.” And yet, something about the outspokenness of N.W.A. appealed to my teenage self, finding a way to stride between the various worlds of my existence and be recognized. Twenty-seven years later, I will not shy away from this history.

After decades of running and resisting, Sonia Sanchez locked down a permanent residence in Philadelphia. And after 30 years or so, her vast influence in this amazing-but-troubled city is finally being fully celebrated.

The questionable death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell – allegedly a suicide – has forced me to revisit the ugly realities I explained to my children in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case.

There is a thread on Black Twitter called #HappyBlackGirlDay, where posts are used to uplift and celebrate Black femininity. In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death and so many other insults and insensitivity toward sisterhood, this social media practice feels more like urgent necessity.

Knowing your purpose is one thing. Properly executing that purpose in the world requires a different kind of spiritual fortitude.


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