A Tribute to Lawrence Lewis

Knowing that you have a safety net to catch you is a different kind of feeling  It’s a concrete kind of confidence emboldening the lens...

A Tribute to Dr. Hugh Derby

My dad was an exceptional man and I was, and am, so proud to be his daughter. He was a physician who dabbled in woodworking. He traveled...

A Tribute to Marc Higdon

As kids of divorce, I think you can go one of two ways. You either want nothing to do with marriage or you have all these ideas about how...

A Tribute to Johan Blok

My parents both left Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and studied at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands where they met, learned a new...

A Tribute to Will

This Father’s Day season, I have an unusual joy. Having lost my own dad 7 years ago, it’s typically been a day of grief and pain. But...

A Tribute to Alfred Clayborne

You have just received what is possibly the worst news of your life. Your incredible and devoted wife of 21 years, mother to your 9...

A Tribute to Jeff Kinrich

“I don’t want to be one of those guys,” my husband said to me. “I want to be home for dinner with our kids, every night.” We didn't have...

A Tribute to Dr. Wilbert D. Hawkins

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded,...

A Tribute to Harold Stevenson

If I had to guess my father’s love language growing up, I would say it was quality time. He would spend time with me and others with care...

A Tribute to Bobby

Dear Bobby,⁣⁣ While we remember very different versions of my childhood, one thing we agree on was⁣⁣ the story of me going off to...

A Tribute to Julie

It would have been very easy to choose my own mother as the woman who has most inspired me as a mother, which is true.  But there is...

A Tribute to Bobbie Jean

I recently read a quote that said, “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Fortunately for me, my life came with...

A Tribute to Sherry Freeman

My mom is my greatest example of unconditional love and self-sacrifice. My mother was 16 going on 17 when I was born, and she was...

A Tribute to Kathy Lloyd

At 43 years old, well into my career, and with plenty of life experience under my belt, it never ceases to amaze me how much I still rely...

A Tribute to Marion Fowler

May 1, 2018, I nervously walked into my Mother’s hospital room and saw her. She had been viciously attacked by two Pit Bulls the night...

A Tribute to Ivy Brandon

On March 23, 2001, I was brought into this world and introduced to my mother, Ivey Brandon. She has taken care of me for the past 18...

A Tribute to Kara Benton

I met Kara over 20 years ago. I was taking summer school classes at the local “Harvard on the Highway” AKA community college and, for...