Pets

He knows the keyboard shortcuts on my MacBook Pro

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“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.” — Christopher Hitchen

The Inciting Incident

I was down for a few days after my second COVID-19 vaccination. One of my cats, Dark, stayed faithfully by my side the entire time, lying next to me and comforting me. I thought it was because he loved me. Boy, was I wrong! It…


Black History Month

While in Paris for a multi-million-dollar negotiation, I experienced an ugly case of racist mistaken identity

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“Education is important because, first of all people need to know that discrimination still exists. It is still real in the workplace, and we should not take that for granted.” -Alexis Herman

Business Negotiations

I was a six-figure C-suite executive in France to negotiate a deal worth $231 million. After three long days, it became apparent that we would reach a common ground to allow both parties to declare victory to their Boards of Directors and move on. We could relax a bit. I spoke to their team leader, and together, we cut the fourth day short at lunch. …


Black History Month

I was a young Black woman on the wrong path, a White police officer changed my future

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“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” –Kevin Heath

Because there is so much attention paid to a Karen incident or racist act; it is easy to forget that most humans are decent. That decency made a difference in my life. Many want to brush all White policeman with a racist brush, but no group is homogeneous. My future was saved by an act of kindness of an older White officer. I was attempting to sabotage myself and he stopped me.

Picked Up By the Police

My friends and I were out drinking, dancing…


The professor stood directly in front of me and said, “She won’t be here long.” The old white male didn’t give a shit as he humiliated me. Per him, women and minorities couldn’t pass Physics. I’m both. His class, Physics 101, was legendary…hundreds of eager first-year Engineering students would attempt his required class. No Physics, no degree.

This professor crushed students. The material was already hard as it required the suspension of common knowledge, had killer homework and twice-weekly quizzes to make it even more fun. By the drop date, his class would at 50%: by the midterm test, another…


Black History Month

A Child’s Perspective on Race

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.” — Nelson Mandela

My new friend’s four-year-old son looked at me as I sat down to eat dinner at his house.

The little boy came over, stood next to me, and rubbed my arm. “You are really brown,” he said.

His parents gasped and reached for him. I put my…


Nope, I don’t care if you made $10,000 your first month on Medium. I haven’t and obviously am not going to make that much in a month, so there. Whatever viral story you wrote is not one that I thought of, or I would have written it. The story structure you used, or the tea you drank, or your lucky underwear won’t help me. I’ve got to think of my stories, research my stories, and carefully write and edit my stories and hope they do well. I have NOT had a single story make $1,000 in a month.

I admit…


Relationships

Love Poem

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Drinking cold margaritas on the beach Feet in the warm surf He got me to try his newest hot sauce Red drops on pieces of chicken Eagerly leaning toward me as I moved the crispy meat to my mouth My lipstick the same shade as the sauce, sticking my tongue out His blue eyes glistening as I bite, laughing at my surprised expression This sauce was amazing: hot, sweet, pineapple Sour honey drawing the chicken into deliciousness The heat made my body shiver in pleasure, goosebumps on my skin I put my head back and laughed, juice running out of…


Sexuality

Stopping sexual harassment requires action

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“You are what you do, not what you say you do.” — Carl Gustav Jung

Why do men believe women want to see pictures of their erect penises? We don’t.

The New York Mets fired General Manager Jared Porter following reports he sent unsolicited and explicit photos to a female journalist. He lost his position after they revealed that he had pursued her by sending scores of texts, including a few of his fully erect member.

Unreported Harassment

This man worked hard: plotting, and planning to get that coveted position only to lose it over listening to his small head instead of…

Toni Crowe

Sarcastic escaped executive. Best-selling author. Writes whatever she wants.

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