The Outcast Learns Acceptance

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like an outcast. Like people did not understand me. People resented me for reasons I do not know. Whether it was family, friends, outsiders I barely knew. People have always felt the need to label me or tell me why I was not good enough. […]

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“You Were Meant To Do This.”

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will spare your life forever.” ~ A Bronx Tale I was 4 years old when my father brought me to my first Tae Kwon Do class. I come from a family of athletes. My dad played football during his young years, […]

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Stages Of Grief

I try to mutter something. Anything. I try to find the right words. I open my mouth and nothing comes out. The best I can come up with is, “I’m sorry.” First, I was in denial. I could not accept the fact that you were actually gone. I did not cry. My body would not […]

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3rd Avenue in the South Bronx

I watched my mother give a homeless man food once. It was Spring. We had spent the day in Midtown, Manhattan, and took the 4 train back to the South Bronx. It was a bit of a walk back to where my mother had parked the car. We had leftover food from lunch. It was […]

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