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Finding a Job Sucks

I Joined the Great Resignation and Escaped a Toxic Workplace

Honestly, I think I’ve given up on finding a decent workplace in either corporate or nonprofit. My experiences at my last three jobs were severely marred by some of the most unpleasant people and their toxic behavior. At this point, I don’t ever want to enter another workplace again, remotely or in-office. I don’t want

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Life & Opinion

Goodbye, for Now

I started this blog in 2016. Back then, I got on the blogging for money and KDP bandwagons in hopes of quitting my job and pursuing a more satisfying, self-directed, creative life. So many things have happened since I began this blog. I wrote a book, made a viral Youtube video, started dancing again, became

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Life & Opinion

Friendship Challenges

I’m beginning to realize that I have some deep-seated insecurities surrounding friendships. Right now, I don’t really have any friends. Part of it is because of circumstance and part is by design. The truth is, I’m never really sure where I stand with people. It seems like most people don’t really like me and don’t

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Life & Opinion

I’m a Failure

At the age of 42, I didn’t think I’d be unmarried and living at home. By this time, I was sure that I would be married, living in my own home, and with one or two teenaged kids. And a cat, of course. Well, I have a cat. I’m just missing the other stuff. In

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | Destiny’s Child: Destiny Fulfilled

It’s Not That Bad [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005] You know, I have defended DC from various detractors since Survivor. I like Destiny Fulfilled, but I can see how some may not. First of all, it’s full of ballads. I for one, love ballads, so the ballads don’t bother me. But if DC

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | New Edition: One Love

Home Again Was Better [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005] I’m sorry, but 1996’s Home Again was way better than this album. The fault isn’t really New Edition’s, it’s the P. Diddy production that messed this one up. The songs on Home Again actually had melody and harmony. Some of the tracks on One

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | A Mary Mary Christmas

Could be a little less “Mary” and a little more Christmas [Originally posted to Amazon.com, December 13, 2006] Just one year after their third studio album, the Campbell sisters, Tina and Erica, better known as Mary Mary, are back with a collection of Christmas classics and contemporary holiday songs. Mary Mary’s signature powerhouse voices go

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | Virtue: Free

Virtue Appreciation Post IV: Free [Originally posted on my old Message in the Music blog, October 5, 2007] Even with three good albums behind them, I believe Virtue’s opus is their fourth album, Free.  Free is a declaration.  I believe every artist or group has a moment when their talent, artistry, and purpose culminate and

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | Amerie: Touch

Better than Dangerously In Love [Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 6, 2005] When I first heard “1 Thing,” the high-pitched vocals made me cringe a little, yet the rhythm, music, and go-go beat reminded me of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” However, after a few more listens to this album, it grew on me. There are

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | Kierra “Kiki” Sheard: I Owe You

This is the Future of Gospel [Originally posted on Amazon.com, November 1, 2005] Words cannot express the way I feel about this artist and this CD. Kierra “Kiki” Sheard is true music minister. It is astounding that she is only a teenager, but this girl has more anointing in her little pinky than…well, you get

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Music Reviews

From the Vault | Mary Mary: Self-Titled

Mary Mary Coast along [Originally posted on Amazon.com, February 28, 2006] I remember when Mary Mary first came out. They were a breath of fresh air on the gospel music scene. Their music was contemporary, relevant, well-produced and vocally astonishing. But something has happened. Even though their vocal expression and songcraft have matured, their music

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