Jelani and Nash

It was time to do what she had been putting off for far too long. It was going to be tough but she had reached the point where she didn't want to be his booty call anymore. She deserved better. And it didn't matter that she was crazy about the guy. It was obvious that …

Father Kiesler’s Visitor

Father Kiesler was in the office reading a copy of The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). His mother gave it to him when he visited her on Mother's Day. He was greeted enthusiastically first by his younger sister, Katja and then, his mother who was beside herself with delight. …

News About Mishael and Cheryl

Earlier today, I found out that Cheryl and Mishael broke up. I was having lunch with Janine when she told me. "What happened?" I asked. "Mishael broke up with her." "Why?" "He's seeing another woman." "Did he say who it was?" Janine shook her head. "No. All he said was that he met someone and …

Abishag

Abishag was the young and beautiful Shunammite woman. Her name means, "my father is a wanderer.” She was chosen to be the helper and servant of King David in his old age. One of her duties was to lie next to the king to keep him warm in bed. The covers they put over him …

FGM in America

“To cut off the sensitive sexual organ of a girl is directly against the honesty of nature, a distortion to her womanhood, and an abuse of her fundamental human right”- Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere Jennifer, seen here as a child, underwent FGM When you hear about female genital mutilation (FGM), you automatically think of Africa where …

Boxing Day Blues

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men - Romans 12:18, NKJV "I can't believe that we're near the end of December. Soon it will be the New Year," Melinda said to no one in particular. She was sitting on the sofa in the warm and cozy living-room …

Bailey’s Story

“I want to think of your mania and depression as merely monsters which will go away when you take your medication.” “I hate taking the medication,” she complained. “Why do you hate taking it, Bailey?” “Taking it means that I’m not right in the head.” “I don’t want you to look at like that. Just …

Kissing Friends

Faith and I have been friends since high-school. The funny thing is that my then girlfriend, Delores didn't like her. She once told me, "I can't shake the feeling that she has a thing for you and will convince you to break up with me so that you two could become more than friends." I …

Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

An Invitation

"So, what are your plans this weekend?" Vihaan asked Leona Friday morning when she was at her desk having a cup of hot chocolate. His question caught her by surprise.  It was the first time since she had been his secretary that he had asked her such a personal question.  She pondered it for a …

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