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Introducing a sticky life.

“Life is over easy. Everybody’s shell cracked.” -KB So I have this shiny new website. I decided to launch TheStickyLife.com today because this is a very special day. Today, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of Luciana’s adoption. Adoption was never one of those things I thought much about, until one day someone mentioned that there are more kids in foster care in Milwaukee than there are families to take them. I never did verify if that statistic was accurate or…

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Gunshots & Carrots

Sage appeared in my doorway, wrapped in her comforter, her big sister right behind her. “Mom, were those gunshots?” It was 9:30 pm and the girls had been in bed for an hour. I had heard the shots–3 of them with several eerie pauses between–fired in the alley behind my house. I was hoping that the girls were asleep and didn’t hear. But here we are on my bed having a conversation I wasn’t prepared to have tonight. “Mom, why…

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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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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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