In April 2019, I won first place with this story in a contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Creative Loafing Newspaper. This is a story about a thirteen year-old boy from a rural village in Haiti, grappling with romantic feelings for another boy. He's confused and afraid. "What if I'm somebody I don't want to be," he said.
Our education system is in shambles. And as a mentor in our school system I see the first-line casualties: the minority students. We all know the grim numbers about the achievement gap and the low graduation rate of black students.
This story came to me during a conversation with a young man in Haiti who told me he wanted to come to America at any cost. I tried to dissuade him from getting on a boat, so I thought if he came anyway, why not make his journey significant.
I wrote this story about my mom on her 90th birthday. It’s published in Crone Magazine Issue #7, the Mothers & Daughters Theme issue. You can buy a copy at the link below. This issue is full of insightful stories that will resonate with anybody who has/had a mother. Oh my! That’s everybody ..