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From My Heart to Yours

Project: Patranila

For Trayvon and Lonnie and…

… for Keilon and Justis,¬†Jordan, Sterling and Christian, CJ and Christopher, Messiah, Barry and Shamel. My young and precious nephews.


Trayvon Martin

February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012


This is Lonnie, my nephew. Born February 6, 1995, one day after Trayvon Martin. I pray that I will never have to see a second date posted after his name.
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Project: Patranila

Play the hand you’re dealt. Lessons in living.

We’ve all heard it. From our parents, teachers, and well meaning friends who always have all the answers to everything. ‘You have to play the hand you’re dealt.’ The sentiment comes in many variations and I have always lumped them all together. Use what you’ve got to get what you want, bloom where you’re planted, and the ever popular ‘when life gives you lemons…’


When You Think You Understand But You Don’t

Until today, I thought I had a full understanding of the cards concept.…
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Project: Patranila

The Purpose of Pain

The-purpose-of-pain. There's a reason that shoes hurt your feet. It means you should take them off.

Every couple of years a story makes the rounds about the fashionistas among us and the growing trend of foot surgery for the sake of stilettos. And each time this happens, doctors go on record telling us that this is a bad idea. According to the Daily Mail, the number of procedures has doubled this year and range from the mild, collagen injections, to the extremes of toe shortening and narrowing of the foot.

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