Konfessions: My Name Is Gemise And I Have Abandonment Issues

“When loneliness is a constant state of being, it harkens back to a childhood wherein neglect and abandonment were the landscape of life. ” –Alexandra Katehakis Childhood When I was about 5, my father walked out on us. He just up and left his family and moved to another state. My father was someone I…

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The Blend Book

So. I recently read the book “Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family” by Mashonda Tifrere. Not familiar with Mashonda Tifrere? Well basically: Mashonda was married to rapper Swizz Beatz. They welcomed one son. They were married for 6 years. Towards the end of the marriage, Swizz Beatz began dating singer, Alicia…

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Happy Birthday Grandaddy Pat

  I was fortunate enough to have grown up with all four of my grandparents. We each had a unique bond, but I had an even closer bond with my paternal grandfather. Grandaddy Pat. My Grandaddy Pat had dark, smooth skin. He used Noxzema every day and made sure he had cherry chapstick in his…

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Favorite Holiday Memories

I’ve noticed that I’ve become a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas and holiday cheer. All of a sudden Christmas music is annoying, office Christmas parties are a drag and if you offer me a glass of Egg Nog, I’m going to throw up. When I think of the holidays, I immediately begin to feel…

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Relationships: What About Your Friends?

I was raised in a home where the motto was “Do not allow females in your home, because you can not trust them.” My mother had long time girlfriends that she grew up with, but there was never a time where her good gal pals came over to the house when they needed to talk or vent…

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Its Official: I’m Visiting Germany

I finally went ahead and purchased tickets to visit my birth place next month. I was born in Germany and lived there as a military toddler for a couple years. The fact that I was born in Germany has always been a unique characteristic that I’ve loved about myself. Every time I go through my old…

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How I Survived Summer Camps in DC for under $100 for the ENTIRE SUMMER

As summer camp season draws to a close, I must share with you details about the gem we call South East Tennis And Learning Center (SETLC). Every year (in February, to be exact), my husband and I are logged into the DC Parks and Recreation portal armed and ready to take down other parents as…

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