We Are Not Women Who Can Stand Things

We haven’t slept well since March. We try to catch a moment’s break, after making lunch, in between Zoom school sessions and our own work, but it slips through our fingers, a specter fading fast, as young voices ring out with questions and requests. Maybe later, with a glass of wine.

Women at mid-life. Women on the edge.

Open Letter to Congress — Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown

We, the people of the District of Columbia, would like a few words. While the world watched in horror, residents of the capital city were shuttering businesses, running for cover, and watching as rioters, foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs, overran our backyard.

The Streets of Heaven Are Too Crowded with Angels Tonight

When does the collective wail of the majority get to drown out the rantings of the minority? When do our healthcare workers get uninterrupted, unbiased time on every network, in every news outlet to tell their stories, to tell the unvarnished truth? How will we ever make amends to the families of the dead, to the millions unemployed, to the small businesses that have closed, to the school children, because of the country’s leaders’ utter failure to lead?

Fundraiser for Giving Tuesday — Associates for Renewal in Education (ARE)

For this #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020, and my upcoming birthday, I’m asking people to join me in donating to Associates for Renewal in Education, Inc. (ARE). ARE is a non-profit that helps DC families and children from cradle to career. (Link to fundraiser is below.) ARE has an early education program for 2-3 yearContinue reading “Fundraiser for Giving Tuesday — Associates for Renewal in Education (ARE)”

Year of Grief, from Traumas New and Old

We are all spent and on edge Every day, I read the news. I see the photos. I hear the reports. The grief is palpable. I can feel it pulsing around me, a living, breathing thing that threatens to consume all of us. My anger and my sadness make me want to scream, but noContinue reading “Year of Grief, from Traumas New and Old”

We Need to be Honest and Call Them Lynchings

Six Black people (four men, one woman, and a teenaged boy) have been found hanging from trees in five states (California, New York, Oregon, Georgia, and Texas) in recent weeks. All of the trees were in public. They’ve all been ruled suicides. There has been sporadic and lackluster coverage of this, for lack of aContinue reading “We Need to be Honest and Call Them Lynchings”

A White Woman’s Take on Black Murder

We, as white people, have to stop assuming that we aren’t part of the problem, that we even fully understand the problem. We don’t. We have not be born in skin that is inherently viewed as “bad”. Light and dark, good and evil. All of it relates. We benefit from it, even when we don’t realize it. The benefit of the doubt is always given to us, and the suspicion is always placed on people of color. It’s time to acknowledge the truth. I, for one, will no longer be quiet for the sake of propriety or so I don’t hurt the feelings of someone who thinks that this is an attack. Is anyone listening anymore? I sure as hell hope so because the message is literally life or death.

The Equality Fight Continues and Is More Important than Ever

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether employers have the right to fire employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity SPOILER: Opinions ahead “I’d like to live to be old.” — Bren Osborn In October of last year, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases that will determine whetherContinue reading “The Equality Fight Continues and Is More Important than Ever”

The Brazen and Beautiful Legacy of Strong-Willed Women

My maternal grandfather called us “strong-willed women”. It was a point of pride with him. I come from a long line of strong-willed women, on both sides of my family, and I am better for it. I mean, there is literally a park in my dad’s hometown named after my grandmother. Pennington Park was aContinue reading “The Brazen and Beautiful Legacy of Strong-Willed Women”

To the Amazing People Who Make Our Lives Safer

Thank you to all of the gig, service, delivery, postal and healthcare workers NOTE: A version of this was originally published on February 20, 2020 at medium.com/@katyferry. I feel like it is more important than ever to acknowledge our service workers, our “essential” workers who are keeping the country running while deal with COVID-19. ThisContinue reading “To the Amazing People Who Make Our Lives Safer”