The Tulsa Race Massacre

Tusan massacre

The Tulsa massacre. It has been ninety-nine years since the Tulsa massacre. Will Tulsa do something about its centennial in 2021? There are no words to describe the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. You know what started this one? Jealousy. White people didn’t think black folks deserved to be as wealthy – and certainly not wealthier – than they were, so they took matters into their own hands.  The rest is partly-hidden-history. At least, that’s one … Read more

Autumn Treasures and Tradition

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Treasures and tradition. Treasures and tradition bring us home. That’s how it was, and how it still is. Every fall when the leaves were at their peak, we waited anxiously for the day Mama came to pick us up from school. She monitored the changing colors and, just when she was certain the leaves were at their peak, she planned the trip. Instead of riding the bus home from school, Mama came to school at … Read more

Congealed Orange Pineapple Carrot Salad

The salad. This orange pineapple carrot salad is festive and refreshing. I enjoy it in the summer, but it also makes a nice addition to any meal. You’ll need a box of orange gelatin (regular or sugar-free works), shredded carrots, diced celery and drained, crushed pineapple. My family doesn’t notice if I use the sugar-free jello. I use the liquid from the pineapple for the cold water that is added to the jello, which helps … Read more

Mary Turner – Black, Innocent, Pregnant, Burned, and Shot

Mary Turner

Lynching rampage. It was May, 1918. The lynching rampage in Brooks County, Georgia, started after a white plantation owner was shot and killed by a black worker. Hampton Smith, known for abusing and beating his workers, had a history of violence with his workers and used the debt peonage system [outlawed by Congress in 1867]. He bailed people out of jail to work for him until their “debt” was paid. Only thing was, sometimes he … Read more

Parenting: When saying “Okay?” to Your Child Isn’t Really Okay.

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Guilty as Charged I’m sure if we replayed the days of our lives when we were raising our kids, you’d be able to hear me say things like, “You need to pick up your toys, okay?” or “Let’s get showers now, okay?” It didn’t happen all the time, but I know there are times that word slipped through the crack. I know I’d be blushing when you heard me saying “okay?” – exactly what I’m … Read more