For Ayana


You can’t read this blog post right now, Ayana, nor can any of your 200+ schoolmates, but I write it for you.  For Ayana, “Beautiful Flower.” I was supposed to be on a blogging break, but the searing reality of your abduction and the fact that you remain missing, three weeks later, will not let me … Read More

Got Superpowers?

wonder woman

I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives. This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers … Read More

For the love of the English language


I don’t want to be pegged as the Grammar Gestapo or the Spelling Special Squad.  Lord knows the post is above my pay grade, 😉 and I don’t have the patience for it. But, for the love of the English language, can we (users of all forms of social media) please employ even a passing … Read More

Persecuted church: Following becomes costly


With the 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) being observed this coming Sunday, November 10, I’ve been ruminating about when following becomes costly, as in, risking one’s very life for faith in Christ.   Imagine being confined, tortured, left destitute, or murdered simply because of your faith.  This is the daily … Read More

Sex Trade 101, Part II: Innocence lost


I can’t think of a more heartbreaking aspect of sexual trafficking than the trauma endured by young children who are used and abused sexually.  This is the reality of the sex trade.  Innocence lost.  Lives imperiled.  Hopelessness and despair.  Emotional and mental abuse.  Lifelong scars.  Shorted lifespans.   Blogging with The Exodus Road has been an eye-opener. … Read More

On a watch for freedom…


It’s always a privilege to blog on behalf of The Exodus Road!  Since I got on board in January, it’s been a steep yet swift learning curve regarding human trafficking and sex slavery.   To me, remaining indifferent to 27 million persons enslaved throughout the world today is to truly be callous.  Their plight cries out to be … Read More

Interview with Funlayo Alabi of Shea Radiance

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One of Embrace the Struggle’s goals is to shed light on causes and individuals, especially women, who are making a difference in communities throughout the world.  Last year we spoke to Rosie Hodge-Adams of Children of the Caribbean and Carline Brice of HavServe, both of whom continue to spearhead great nonprofit work on islands such as Haiti, … Read More

Dark and Lovely

dark and lovely

Hey guys! I’m guest posting today over at Deidra Rigg’s blog, Jumping Tandem.  Come check it out!   Back in October, Deidra did a series of posts titled “31 Days in My Brown Skin” that really resonated with readers and exposed a need for further dialogue on race, ethnicity, and culture.  The result is “Going … Read More

What’s with all this busyness?


Got a question for you:  What’s with all this busyness?  I have a friend who does not phone people;  it takes up too much of her time. She only texts. I recently called another friend who is going through a major life event to see how she’s doing.  “Keeping busy,” was her reply.  I’m not … Read More

To catch a thief…

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A pedophile is just that, a thief. He or she robs a child of innocence in the most despicable, reprehensible way.  And wherever pedophiles are, their sickening, criminal behavior needs to be halted. Since last January, I’ve been blogging for  The Exodus Road, a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fighting human trafficking, particularly … Read More