• On Belonging,  On Friendship,  Sisterhood

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Tiara

    On the rainy afternoon of October 1st, I walked into Dee Dee Peckers, a local wing joint here in Charleston. It was my 43rd birthday, and I had been looking forward to meeting with two fabulous friends all week. Still adjusting to the darkened atmosphere, my eyes scanned the crowd. In a dining area filled with mounted televisions tuned to sports channels and men in work shirts hunched over tables filled with beer and baskets of wings, I saw two hands shoot up and wave me over from the well-lit booth by the window. Doretha Walker, Angie and I were excited about enjoying an afternoon with sister-girlfriends. Like¬†silly school girls,…

  • On Friendship

    Just Be Awesome!

    Ask me my favorite color, and I won’t be able to give you an answer. Correction…I’ll give you an answer, but then I’ll change it. And change it again, and again. And then I’ll conclude with the same thought that always seems to hit me like an epiphany, even though I’ve been through this same exchange time and time again… “I just love all colors! I can’t choose!” Don’t believe me? Just ask the young lady who does my nails. Selecting a polish¬†color is a challenge. And even after I’ve chosen one, I want to change it, and change it again. Thankfully, she’s patient with me. But, for me, this…