Nana’s Smell

via Daily Prompt: Fragrance It makes my morning when, after 12 hours of physical work turning and lifting patients, running from one patient room to another completing tasks, and hot-flashing like clock-work every two hours the night before, a patient compliments my fragrance. But nothing is more satisfying that having my grandchildren connect a certain…

Armed for life

Standing at a safe distance, I watched this little woman, armed only with a napkin, fearlessly walk up close to a spider large enough to cover the center of an adult’s palm, and pick it off of her curtain. Seriously? Only two minutes before I, a woman who stands a full four inches taller, stood…

Lollipop: Lil Wayne style

via Daily Prompt: Lollipop National Lollipop Day! Oh yeah! I think I’ll treat myself! But doing it Lil Wayne-style conjures up images that seriously clash with my childhood/Halloween sweet treats of delicious flavors on a stick. Lil Wayne has his own version and prayerfully, I’ll never have to explain that version to my grandchildren. The…

Adult coloring: Vibrant creative energy

It’s 2 a.m. and with my patient’s soft snore, the hum of the refrigerator, and Flo Rida’s GDFR as background noise, I’m coloring. Coloring you say? Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I. There’s not one prediction in the world that would have ever convinced me that at the age of 55, my bifocals…

Devilled Hummus: low-fat snacking with a kick

Hummus, the Mediterranean dip made from a traditional recipe of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, and seasonings, is a resident vegan favorite. But don’t allow your mind to limit it as such. Its characteristic protein, low fat and adaptable flavor makes it the perfect snack-time or main-meal food for any diet category. If you have never…

No, I’m not a Christian

I’m always amused at the expressions I get when I allow the words in that sentence to fall unapologetically out of my mouth. I’m even more amused at the sideline glances, the stares, and the total rejection from those who claim that they actually are Christians. This scenario actually played out on a hospital unit…

A Lyft for a lazy bus rider

I couldn’t believe it. Did my Lyft driver just call me lazy? Let me add that this particular Lyft driver was actually driving me to work at the time as I sat in the back seat wondering whether gifting him with a low star rating at the end of this ride might improve his “friendliness”…

The pimple through the veil

The first time I ever felt behavior that I could clearly define as prejudiced because it directly involved my brown skin color, I was working as a staff writer at a newspaper in my home town in 1994 when I was 32 years old. I was the only black writer in the community and general…

Holla for Challah!

I love to cook; to bake; to start with the basics and create a meal or anything edible. I take after my Dad. But as much as I love bread, I never even attempted to buy yeast from the store and go through the steps to fill my living space with the aroma of fresh-baked…

Good Manners

The definition of good manners at the dinner table is not rocket science and one doesn’t need to reference Emily Post in dogged pursuit of the concept. Basically it goes like this: Chew with your mouth closed; No talking while you’re chewing; Elbows off the table; and clean your plate. With my grandchildren I realize…