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It may scream hypebeast to some, but for me, wearing Gucci is about so much more than flex. My late grandmother, Joy, loved Gucci, especially the handbags, which she collected and prized above all else in her wardrobe. If you really know Gucci, you’re probably aware of the Gucci Accessory... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Blog
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Keep Calm and Carry On. That’s what the signs say down the street from where I live. My neighborhood is about a mile away from where these signs begin at the border of Bunker Hill Village. I sometimes go for runs along the main street that runs between my neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Blog
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Click here to read Purpose, published by Watermelanin Magazine on March 17, 2020. The Swimming Pool © 2020 Joi Maria Probus Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at stories
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I was planning to write my next blog post about an artist I met in Detroit a few weeks ago, but I just returned from a short trip to New York City and I had another experience I couldn’t wait to share. And since there’s sort of a sell-by date... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Blog
Spring has long been associated with renewal and rejuvenation, so it’s no wonder cleanses and body detoxification programs are popular this time of year. For some people, an expanded waistline is an unfortunate reminder they may have overindulged on food and drink during the winter and holiday months; for others,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Blog
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It’s no secret amongst the people who really know me that I’m a bit of an Anglophile. I don't know why or how my Anglophilia developed, but I’ve been drawn to English culture for as long as I can remember. Oliver! was my favorite film when I was a kid,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Blog
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My granddad, Sonny, back in the day. He's always cut a fine figure! After a few months absence, I’m back in Belleville, Michigan. Or as I like to call it: The B. In case you missed my first post about The B, it’s a small town about 30 miles west... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Blog
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Whoever coined the phrase “kids say the darnedest things” got it wrong in my opinion. I think it’s old people who deserve this distinction. A few examples from my personal experience: When I announced it was teatime and asked my grandparents if they would like to join me. My grandmother... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Blog
Thanks for reading, Katy! ;-)
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on Valentine's Day by the Book at Blog
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I could always tell a relationship was doomed to fail when I discovered a guy I was dating didn’t read. The longest relationship I’ve ever had besides my marriage was with a non-bookworm who only occasionally read, and even then it was comic books. Three years of me trying to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Blog
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It's been a long time (long time) I shouldn't of left you (left you) Without a dope beat to step to (step to, step to, step to...) Or in my case, a dope blog, amirite? By the way, you’re most welcome for the Earworm o’ the Day. For real though.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Blog
Brenda, thank you for taking the time read my words. I am not religious, but (although I rarely listen to it), I've always believed Gospel music is lovely. It was certainly soothing in this situation, as is so often its intent. I think it was more than a coincidence that our Uber driver was playing such uplifting music when we got into his car. I believe I would have had the same reaction to classical or meditation music. My spirit needed calming in that moment and this was the manner in which it came to me. Again—thank you so much for reading. Best to you. :-)
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November 8, 2016, 9:06 pm: A Simpler Time I just never thought he would get this far. It's possibly the most repeated phrase of 2016. We said it when Donald Trump became a serious contender for the Republican nomination, and again when he clenched it. Then there's the sad horror... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Blog
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I sent a short story to several literary journals a few months ago and was turned down by each one. Rejection isn’t unusual for us writers and we eventually learn not to lose sleep over it. There are certainly more of us than not who’ve amassed a respectable collection of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Blog
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Some of my fondest memories of spending summers in Michigan as a kid are of the seasonal ice cream shops. Shuttered most of the year, the corner ice cream shops were always open for business during the warmer months. My grandmother would give my brother and me enough money to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Blog
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Lake Belleville — my sanctuary! If you read my last Saturday Short, you know I’m visiting my grandparents in Belleville, Michigan at the moment. Belleville is a small city about 30 miles southwest of Detroit and 15 miles southeast of Ann Arbor. It’s definitely a porch-sitting city, but there are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Blog
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My grandparents left Detroit for the sleepy community of Belleville, Michigan (population 3,990) about a decade ago because my grandmother wanted to live out her years near a lake. About 30 miles from Detroit, Belleville is the type of town that folds up after dark. The one main street running... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Blog
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While some writers like critique groups, others dismiss them entirely, considering them to do more harm than good. Many in the second camp argue that writing groups, with all those varied opinions, foster a perpetual state of rewriting. Some writers internalize group criticism so much they begin to rewrite their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Blog
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Eagle Beach. No filter. One Happy Island. It's the official slogan of Aruba, a small Dutch constituent in the southern Caribbean. With the word happy in the motto, celebrating my birthday there last week seemed ideal. The low airfare, as well as the promise of abundant sun, turquoise water, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Blog
A million thanks for reading my story, Ebony! I hope you'll come back. More stories to come!
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Such a Sweet Boy at stories
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Because summer. June 20 was the official first day of summer, but since Houston is an overachiever, it feels like we’ve been summering since May. Maybe even earlier. At 99 degrees, the first day of summer heat felt like the hundredth day of summer heat; it felt like floating-on-a-gondola-in-Hell-with-El-Diablo-himself-at-the-helm heat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Blog
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Buenos días from picturesque San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico, where my husband, Matt, and I are vacationing for a week. About a month ago, we found ourselves antsy and stressed, the consequence of having gone six months without a vacation. Pair our wanderlust with the miserable weather Houston... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Blog
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We both have Rudy to thank for our chompers! Other people can have their celebrity musicians and actors, but I’m starstruck by writers (and Stella McCartney, of course). Few experiences quicken my pulse like being in the same room with a beloved author, whether at a reading in an auditorium... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Blog
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I’ve had a bit of blogger’s block (say that three times fast) over the past few weeks. I blame Houston’s current spate of janky weather. The lack of sunshine, frequent showers, and the soul-sucking humidity have sapped my energy, creativity, and — on especially gray days — my will to... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Blog
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Just gonna block the sidewalk, bunny? How rude! I’m a sucker for cute animals, especially ginormous cute animals. Luckily for me, Intrude is a thing. The brainchild of Australian artist, Amanda Parer, Intrude is a free, public art exhibition featuring giant, sculptural bunnies constructed of nylon. Visitors are even encouraged... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Blog