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The stigma still exists.
 
The saying remains among black folks that we do not see therapists.
 
"Chile only needs a kick in the ass. That should straighten her up!"
 
"There's nothing wrong with her. Should just quit acting a fool!"
 
There is a saying that black folks do not...

Dear Adolescence,
 
I spent years waiting for you. Even as my daughter suckled at my breast, or slipped her warm little hand in mine as we crossed the street, I knew she was under your curse. I'd heard you mutter it when she was born. I knew that even if I dedicated my entire life to burning every single spinning...

1. Cross Hairs
 
The proof is there in the two blue lines. A baby blue plus sign confirms I don't have the flu like I'd hoped. I don't feel joy. I feel sick and not just from what I now know to be morning sickness. To me those faint blue lines look like cross hairs. I turn off the light in my bedroom, lay face...

There is a thin layer of dirt on my car--not a detail that four years ago I would have noticed. But today I have to work hard to not think about it, to resist taking a hose and getting it off. It isn't my child, after all, with a layer of dirt and germs on his hands and face that could spread to his mouth that could spread...

Four or five years prior to September 11, I created a small web page reviewing English-language children's books with Middle Eastern themes. As I recall there weren't more than two dozen such books at the time, once I'd weeded out the ones featuring mummies and pyramids, but it was a fun project anyway and I enjoyed working...

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