Where The Crawdads Sing Evokes Renewed Awe and Wonder for Wildlife

Src: NCWetlands.org The hidden splendor of coastal North Carolina is the true starring character of Delia Owen’s first novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. With a naturalist's eye, Owens uses the poetry of fiction to capture the mysterious beauty of the marsh in exquisite detail. The freshwater wetland comes to life through the eyes of its … Continue reading Where The Crawdads Sing Evokes Renewed Awe and Wonder for Wildlife

Loving My Body Through A Decade Living With Dystonia

Ten years a slave–To tangled limbsAnd a torquing spine,To a broken medical systemAnd neural network gone offline Ten years an observer–Of the quirky, jerky movement of a marionetteCompensatorily adopted two decades agoAfter a bike/car accident left my Body and brain bruised and bowed Src: istockphoto.com/portfolio/fona2 Ten years a student–Of physiology and the human mind;Acquiring an armchair … Continue reading Loving My Body Through A Decade Living With Dystonia

The Concealed History of Free People of Color in America

The early history of people of color in the United Stated has focused almost exclusively on their enslavement, which has incompletely presented and positioned the identities of, ideologies about, and policies toward blacks in this country up through the modern age. In actuality, there were approximately a quarter of a million free African Americans living … Continue reading The Concealed History of Free People of Color in America

Navigating Nuanced Perspectives on Power, Privilege and Race Is No Small Thing in Jodi Picoult’s Popular Novel

The latter third of this review of Small Great Things contains limited spoilers. On Tuesday night, I finished reading the powerful and popular novel Small Great Things, which has been taking up a significant amount of my headspace since I first began it almost a week earlier.  Thanks to how meticulously bestselling author Jodi Picoult got into … Continue reading Navigating Nuanced Perspectives on Power, Privilege and Race Is No Small Thing in Jodi Picoult’s Popular Novel