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NMAAHC-A Museum for Such a Time as This!

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Over the past few years, my wife and I have had an opportunity to donate and be involved with the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. It has been an amazing privilege to see its fabulous collections and archives come to life, and since it’s Black History […]

The Blessings of Storms

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When you’re going through a storm, there is very little that feels good, much less anything that feels like a blessing. When I first started getting a handle on what it meant to do the work of recovery after my strokes, I don’t think gratitude was my first thought. Anger, uncertainty, and “why me?” were […]

A Perfect Storm

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A “perfect storm” happens when a rare combination of factors come together at precisely the right time to create an extraordinary event. When you think of perfect storms, you may imagine hurricanes and tornados, but for me, the perfect storm of my life happened when I had two strokes at the age of 46. The […]

When Nothing Is the Same

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When you’ve suffered a life-altering event, nothing feels the same. At first, you desperately want things to get back to “normal.” You want to feel good again and be able to do all the things you did before. You want your body to respond when you raise your arm or move your foot. You want […]