Tina L Porter

Better Angels

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Better Angels

Today the angels will come off the tree. The nativity scenes will be packed in boxes and the Santa flag will come out of the window. The stockings will be (or have been) un-hung from the mantel with care. When it is done, we will vacuum up needles and listen to my husband tell us […]

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Tina L Porter

Nectarine Season

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I am in a blogging group that is asking us to contribute our best/most viewed posts. In reviewing, I came across this piece, which I wrote on August 15, the week that Robin Williams died and Michael Brown was killed. The piece is housed on my other blog site and I found it important enough […]

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Tina L Porter

The Underpants Resolve

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The Underpants Resolve

You will have to decide for yourself if the following is TMU (too much underpants), but I had a revelation that led to a resolution that I decided to share here and it has to do with my underpants. Perhaps I’m also doing this because the one other time that I wrote about underpants I […]

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Tina L Porter

“Set Deep Inside This Love”

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I’ve just started reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, given to me as a parting gift from a beloved mentor. I’m taking my time with it because it is a memoir written in verse, stunning verse which stops me in my tracks for moments at a time. For example: “Welcome home, my grandparents say. […]

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Tina L Porter

Why I keep posting about race

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I think I have had some white friends “unfriend” me lately. Or block my posts. I haven’t looked hard enough to know for sure, but I see that some people’s posts no longer show up on my facebook feed. I’m guessing it is because I’ve been reposting a lot of articles about race that make them […]

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Tina L Porter

Christmas will come

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Christmas will come

Heartbreaking. Heartbroken. It’s taken all day to get here, where my fingers hit the keys and my head and heart explode into a ton of tiny little details. Children. Killed. Again. Terrorism. Racism. Xenophobia. Fear. And then I read people crabbing about the stress of the season in the midst of all this and I […]

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Tina L Porter

Spirits of All Days Past … and Future

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Spirits of All Days Past … and Future

I just found myself standing at the dining room window, in my bathrobe, holding a coffee cup, watching the elementary school bus stop across the street for the neighbor’s child. Staring out at the big yellow bus, clutching that warm cup, I felt myself transported over the years. How many years ago did I do […]

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Tina L Porter

Slowly … slowly re-entering

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Slowly … slowly re-entering

It is nearly 11 am on a Thursday. I got up, gracelessly, at 7:10 and drove my daughter to school, which is part of the plan that I had made for myself so that I would not sleep the day away and wonder how my “sabbatical” slipped away from me. But last night I took one […]

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Tina L Porter

Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

I am thankful that today I woke up thinking of all the people who will gather at my house later NOT of a list of things I needed to accomplish. Faces came to mind this morning, not tasks. Let’s let that sink in for a minute because this is something quite huge for me: Thankful for the […]

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Tina L Porter

Along the Way

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Along the Way

I’ve been spending the last few days reading, watching, praying. I’m not entirely sure what I’m praying for, but am praying for this moment in our country’s history to percolate through white America and hear the hurt. Hear the pain. I think of Michael Brown’s mother, and the body lying in the street for 4.5 […]

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