She Broke the Mold

Did I flummox everyone when I, an African-American woman spurned the usual courses tailored for women at Oberlin and took a program of Greek, Latin and higher Mathematics designed for gentlemen? Why shouldn’t I, a child of God, aspire to higher goals? 42 Words Mary Jane Patterson, born into slavery, became the first African American …

Gerhardt’s Disappointment

He was in the library when Benson informed him that he had a visitor and that she was waiting for him in the drawing-room. "Has she been waiting long?" he asked. "No, Sir. She arrived about ten minutes ago." "Thank you, Benson." He straightened his sweater and combed his fingers through his hair. His heart …

Jabulani

She was leaning against the house she lived in with her parents when he drove up. The first time he saw her it was at the hospital when her father went in after he got into an accident at work. Neither he nor her mother spoke much English so she was there to translate. She …

No More Plasma TV

“You have a plasma TV, right?” “Had.  I got rid of it.” “How come?” “Too many issues.” “What sort of issues?” “One issue is the screen reflection.  When I’m watching the News or a movie or a program, I don’t want to see me or the room reflected on the screen.  It’s extremely annoying and …

Breaking Up

I grew up in a Christian home, read the Bible everyday, went to only Christian schools and attended a Christian university. Most of my friends were Christians. I didn't drink, smoke, go to clubs or even the movies. I didn't read certain types of books and I listened to only two types of music--Christian and …

A Different Direction

One day I got tired of writing mundane stories about film stars, politicians, writers and other famous people. I guess people would think I'm crazy. How could I be bored with such stuff, they would wonder. Well, believe it or not, I was. I wanted to do something different with my life. I have always …

Adornment

Who are you to judge another? - James 4:12 It was after the service and she had gone downstairs to use the washroom.  She was at the sink washing her hands when three women walked in.  As she looked at them through the mirror, the ready smile on her face faded when she saw the …

From Self-harm to Self-love

Neeha always wore long sleeves even when it was hot and humid outside because she didn't want anyone, especially her friends to see the ugly cuts on her arms.  She wanted to stop cutting herself but she couldn't seem to.  It started when she became pregnant and told her mother who said, "Unless you get …

Direction

A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps - Proverbs 16:9 Have you ever made plans without consulting God first? You decide that you are going to go into missionary work because you saw a program on TV or know someone who is in the mission field but have you asked …

Back in the Saddle

Initially, she had been nervous going to the JP Morgan’s Re-Entry Program, a 14-week training experience for women like her who left the workforce but after being encouraged by family and friends, she decided to go for it.  Besides, she missed working. She had left her job to be a stay at home Mom of …

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