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Laura R

Neighborhood

An Unlikely Friendship

Ten years ago, I began an unlikely friendship. I’d like to tell you about my friend because I’ve never met anyone like her. She’s beautiful but gritty; she tells you how it is. And if you’re like me and don’t get it the first time, she’ll show you how it is. We’ve looked out for each other. We’ve forgiven each other when we’ve said or done the wrong thing. I’ve enjoyed watching her children run and play on the street,…

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Neighborhood

Pointing Fingers

  It’s 3 am and I am following the developments in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge. I know that tomorrow, there will be fingers pointed. I could point my finger at the police, who disproportionately kill unarmed black men, who are seven times as likely as white men to die at the hands of police. Pointing fingers at all police would be uncalled for, as we know that there are quality officers who serve their communities well. I could point…

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Life+Family

Fourth of July Weekend

  This week is half over already?! I feel like the holiday on Monday confused my sense of time. Our Fourth of July weekend was full of fireworks, dancing, sparklers, beach time, friends and cherry picking. Just as it should be. Our weekend started out with a coffee date with Daddy and a playdate with a friend (and Target!) Our neighbors celebrated their 45th anniversary with food and a great live band. On the Fourth, we went to a hometown…

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Neighborhood

A Lesson in Compassion

Za’layia’s funeral is today. I’ve been following this story closely these past few weeks with a heavy heart. A few weeks ago, Za’layia was jumping rope with a police officer and she asked the officer to keep her safe. And the officer couldn’t. Her family couldn’t. It all happened so quickly. I can only imagine what Destiny, Za’layia’s mama, is feeling today. But I do know this: I know that she loves that little girl. I know that she wanted to…

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