Archive for the 'Back in the Day' Category

Dedication: “At your best you are love/You’re a positive motivating force within my life”*

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Remember back in the day when people used to call into the radio station and dedicate a song to their boo?  Well, I’m in that kind of mood today, but satellite radio just doesn’t work that way.  So, here’s my dedication, to my one and only, TechBooHusband (hope you don’t mind that it’s by my […]

Tell the truth and shame the debbil

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

I grew up hearing that expression…”Tell the truth and shame the devil”, except in the mouths of the older black women who spoke it, the word became “debbil.” I always loved that expression, just the way it sounded–so empowering–even before I could appreciate the truth in it. This morning, I received an email from a […]

Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Today’s my birthday, but the celebrating started yesterday.  I went to drop off MiniMe and BabyGirl at their dad’s after they spent the long weekend with me and TechBooHusband.  They said, “Since you’re here, can we give you your gifts early?”  Why, of course you can!  Well, I received several lovely and thoughtful gifts, as […]

“Must…Buy…Stuff”

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Attention, Zombie Shopper!  This MSN article tells you to stop it. I think my irritation with zombie shopping and “shopping as recreation” started in childhood when my mother and her friends would drag me from store to store in the mall, all Saturday afternoon long and into the evening.  The whole endeavor was pointless to […]

More from the LiteraryMama archives: “Letting Go”

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Mother’s Day is hard for me.  While I enjoy being celebrated as a mom, it’s a hard day for me as a daughter and a granddaughter.  So, I’ve decided to post some mama-related writing here.  My way of navigating these waters. First, a link to a tribute I wrote to my grandmother who helped raise […]

“My Daughter, My Self”

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Mother’s Day is hard for me.  While I enjoy being celebrated as a mom, it’s a hard day for me as a daughter and a granddaughter.  So, over the next few days, I’m going to post some mama-related writing here.  My way of navigating these waters. Today’s post is from the archives of my Literary […]

“14 Karat Love/You Are My Jewel of the Nile…”

Monday, April 26th, 2010

…when we make love, diamonds are forever.” “Bedroom eyes, headband to the si-ide…” They just don’t write lyrics like that anymore. I am officially old…school. Anyway. When I’m dragging in the morning, this always gets me going: And while I’m at it, here was my teenage-angst anthem. I once wrote all the lyrics in a […]

“Be Careful With Each Other…”

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Love this.  I don’t know the source, but I got it from my brilliant  Tweep dumilewis.  Get more of Dr. Lewis here.

“Who’s Your Daddy”

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I’m digging in the literary crates this week, and this morning I pulled out some nonfiction: one of my LiteraryMama columns from 2005, that feels like a life time ago. Who’s Your Daddy? By Deesha Philyaw March 9, 2005 A few months ago, I tuned in to a new Fox reality show, “Who’s Your Daddy?” […]

“Ellison”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

You ever write something, then read it again years later and cringe? Yeah, that’s me with this piece, “Ellison” from the archives (2003). Clearly, I was working through some thangs. So color me surprised when I went digging for “Ellison” today, and found a nice letter to the editor about it in a subsequent issue […]