I am the mother of a very disabled child. One of my best friends is also the mother of  a child with a disabiliy. Both of our children are now grown men, age 38,  and dependent on us, their mothers, for so much of their existence. She and I often share our similar stories of […]

ONE apology is NOT ENOUGH

Black Journalists in Iowa A call from a local news reporter brought to my attention how challenging it is to be a black journalist in Iowa.  Recently, Lauren Johnson, KCCI news reporter, was asked to leave an Ankeny school board meeting.  The meeting included a discussion of the need for hiring a diversity specialist for […]

Oscar’s Recap: The Slap HEARD Around the World

An ordinary, Sunday award show I must admit that the Academy Awards is one of the highlights of early Spring for me.  My background is in the Dramatic Arts and I love movies, so since my son was elementary school age, we have routinely watched the Awards each year.   Last Sunday night we sat down […]

Black History Month – Good Park, Des Moines

Good Park, Des Moines Driving by Good Park on 17th and University on the west side of Des Moines, always brings back beautiful memories of summers I spent there.  “The Park” as we called it back in the day, was always full of black folks.   On any given day “the Park” displayed various celebrations […]