The Housekeeper

It started with her being his live-in housekeeper. She had migrated from Lusaka, Zambia and needed a job. She saw an ad in the newspaper for a living housekeeper and she went to apply in person. The interview was to be held at the detached home in London. When she showed up, he answered the …

Castlemore Manor

I am sitting on a bench on the immaculate grounds of Castlemore Manor, reading a book. I glanced up from its pages when my mind became occupied with memories of the place I once called home where I lived with my dear uncle and his family before he died and I was sent to Lowood.  …

Binta’s Story

When I was 12 years old, my mother handed me over to an agent. I was crammed into a truck and taken from my home in Benin and across the border into Nigeria. I was crying and scared. I didn't know where they were taking me or why my mother just gave me away to …

Everything Has Beauty

"What do you see in her, man?" Brad asked his friend, Sebastian "Granted, she had a great body but her face... Sebastian glanced at him.  "What's wrong with her face?" Brad stared at him.  "Are you kidding me?  I'm sorry, man, but she's ugly." Color suffused Sebastian's cheeks and his eyes darkened in anger.  "That's …

News of a Wedding/Span #writephoto

Although my gaze was fixed upon the water as it rushed forth as if it were late for an appointment, my heart was otherwise engaged in a very distressing matter--a matter which has placed my very constitution for happiness in grave danger. The whispers of the impending nuptials between George Allerton, my employer and the …

Addie’s Little Adventure/Invitation #writephoto

Everyday after school, I took a shortcut so that I would walk past the mansion where the English couple lived. And every time I paused to peek through the gates which were always ajar and stare at the strange faces on the posts. Behind and above the gates was foliage which swayed from the gentle …

The Meeting

She watched Mr. Falconer as he sat there, proud upon the magnificent steed, her heart pounding against her ribs.  Face flushed, she waited with bated breath to see if he would even notice that she was there.  It was by no accident that she was walking through this part of the forest.  She had come …

Sexual Harassment

It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed.  If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse? While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I’m glad …

Lily

Although Lily was small in stature, Ordinary and poor, she did radiate Confidence and faith that she Was the perfect choice for the Job of governess.  Like her heroine Jane Eyre she was not to going to Be Intimidated by Mr. Thornber.   He may be big, boisterous and brusque But she could match his demeanour …

Kalavati’s Story

There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children - Kailash Satyarthi, founder of GoodWeave Imagine what it would be like if your son or daughter was forced into child labor.  On the Voices of America (VOA) site I saw a photo of five year old Pakisthani girl named Naginah Sadiq.  She …

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