a new and demanding job and my
propensity for over scheduling.
I must also admit that the hiatus stretched a little longer than was
necessary, due to the email received right before I was virally sidelined.
Even though I felt I'd successfully rebutted the question of racism, with
regards to purpose of this newsletter, the unsettled feeling remained with me
like the stench of a gas of the lactose intolerant.
Why? Perhaps because the
accusation acted like Wonder Woman's golden lasso, which forced truth despite
the inclination of the one bound, or maybe it simulated her bracelets that could
repel bullets, or strike blinding sparks, but when said bracelets were held
together with the help of the same truth compelling lasso, the woman of wonder
became the same as every other woman...vulnerable to the strength of her
At that point in the show, I'd
usually stand up and become quite vocal in my encouragement. Exhorting
Wonder Woman to break the bond of the lasso, twist and turn until she could slip
her hands out of the ropes and then the boody kicking would begin!
At the age of thirteen...I didn't yet know that strength takes many
forms. Strength of will, strength of mind, strength of character,
and strength of purpose...to name a few.
So...what truth was I bound
to? The truth that for a brief moment, I did enjoy the power of yeah or
nay over the Caucasian reporter? Maybe. The truth that no matter how
gifted a writer I may be, no matter how many degrees I may attain, after all the
research is done and the dust settles...there are some assignments I just
won't be able to do justice because the subject matter will not have been a part
of my reality and therefore I would have no frame of reference. Bitter
pill to swallow...but true...nevertheless.
Somewhere along the way...I realized
that my disquiet wasn't really about the accusation, but about my purpose, my
ability to stay focused, see this project through. For a brief moment...I
forgot that this endeavor wasn't about me but about avid readers and talented
writers both in in search of material and opportunities.
A marvelous thing...perspective.
Founder and Editorial Director
are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together
and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are
called according to [His] design and purpose. ~~Romans 8:28 (Amplified
(IN OTHER WORDS: See our adversity as an opportunity to
fine tune our character. We are more than conquerors.)
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