Be Unapologetically YOU!

I Struggled to Get Here I've always heard a magical story about how I came into this world. Probably designed to miss me with any traumatic stress, the tales were always simple. One morning, your cousin went over to check on your mom, and she was in labor (no one in the entire family even … Continue reading Be Unapologetically YOU!

Push Forward

I remember a certain player I coached once. I thought she was the epitome of the model child. I gave her glowing accolades in front of her parents one day however, and her head dropped. With that, so did my heart. She was embarrassed. Not being used to being appreciated for her goodness by those … Continue reading Push Forward

I Am Tacky The Penguin

Three years ago, when I was an instructional coach in the Bertie County School System, a dear friend and colleague turned to me and said something that would change my life. "You know, McCullough? I think you should read 'Tacky The Penguin'. It's a children's book about a penguin who was very different from the … Continue reading I Am Tacky The Penguin

How I Beat Depression

Depression affects nearly 15.7 million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. On Episode 10 of the Sistanomics Podcast, we discussed mental illness among African-Americans. We posed the question, "Why don't we go get help as frequently as people of other races do?" I suppose there are lots of answers to that question.

A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part 2

Why Be Judgemental? As I proofread this post I realized that I am, in fact, passing judgement on judgemental people. Hypocrisy highlighted and duly noted, I'd like to share a few thoughts based on a conversation I had with a friend the other day. We basically agreed that judgment is uncomfortable, and it has a … Continue reading A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part 2

A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part I

Why Be Judgemental? As I proofread this post I realized that I am, in fact, passing judgement on judgemental people. Hypocrisy highlighted and duly noted, I'd like to share a few thoughts based on a conversation I had with a friend the other day. We basically agreed that judgment is uncomfortable, and it has a … Continue reading A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part I

Ruby Jean: Gone But Not Forgotten

I received a surprising yet troubling message Monday night that Ruby Jean Wiggins, my first grade teacher passed away. Deaths always take me to my own mother's demise and the rush of emotions I still remember vividly. This event simply signified another torn page, dog-eared in my book of childhood memories. I remember her as Ruby … Continue reading Ruby Jean: Gone But Not Forgotten