5 Reasons To Be Thankful For Your Family

Modern society encourages a certain individualistic approach to life, telling us that we are unique and independent individuals, we should be self-sufficient, never relying on someone else to deal with our problems or to fix our problems when we are incapable of doing so....more

My Sister Was a Gift to Me

My sister was always presented as a gift that was created just for me - and not because I needed a bone marrow transplant or anything. I was just a typical six-year-old, newly immigrated to Queens from Russia, and I was lonely. I was also supposedly incredibly cerebral and persuasive (go figure), because while other girls convinced their parents to buy them a Barbie’s Dream house, I was able to persuade mine to conceive AND birth me a real, live, human sister.  ...more

My Sister Got a Hole in Her Head on My Watch

 I was a mature 10-year-old and my younger sister, Reena was only three when we were  enjoying all the glories of new immigrant life in the Housing Projects of Queens. Aside from the male jogger who hung upside down, dangling his junk in front of us, everything from this period blends together like a hazy blur. There are few memories that stand out, but the one I remember most is the the time my sister got a hole in her head. ...more

The U-haul workout

I was conveniently out of town the last several times my little sister moved. (Just like I’m conveniently out of town when anyone I know moves…) But she and my bro-in-law just got their first house together, and their move date happened to be during my university’s fall break. And as it was also right after two ginormous Thanksgiving meals, I volunteered to help thinking, Sure, that’ll make a nice workout....more

Objects In Mirror Are Older Than They Appear....

NaBloPoMo Post #20Letters From My Sister, Part OneThe sister nearest to me in age is Barbara; she's six years olde...more

My Ultimate Legion of Bad Ass Black Chicks: Sisters With Voices

I’m down with a legion of bad ass black chicks. We live in a world where the voices of black women are constantly being stifled and if any sister has an opinion other than the status quo, she is ostracized.  It appears that calling out racism, sexism or any other “ism” that we endure is met with cynicism, sarcasm and just blatant disregard/ disrespect. I like to think that I align myself with brilliant sisters that kick ass and take names for a living.  We are activists, mamis, lovers, amigas, sisters  and daughters....more

Everyday poetry: sleepy heads in tent

 Sisters sleeping peacefully together. It makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it. I wonder if they managed to see shooting stars. I especially like how the younger one is under, not inside, an upside-down sleeping bag. Way to march to your own drummer, kiddo. ...more

A Mother's Day trio

Feeling grateful for all the mothering I've received from so many wonderful women over the years. Extra glad I got to celebrate with several of them this weekend including Marm, Mom-5, and Aunt Carolyn. Also especially enjoyed a rare date with two of my very favorite people.Happy Mother's Day, all!xoxo,shawna...more

A few things I learned about Chicago

 Downtown ChicagoAlthough my most recent trip to Chicago for the Nat...more