Closing time

About this time last year, I was departing on my annual beach trip with the gals to Ocean Isle (OI) in North Carolina. Two things had happened that would influence the trip and inspire my accompanying blog post. Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. I’d lost my job due to a reduction in Read more…

The UNCG Three

Fighting the good fight

The introduction to my blog states: I’m exploring coolness in life. Join me on this journey and let’s (re)define cool together. What can I say? It’s been a good fight. And cool has most definitely been redefined. In two words? It’s about family and it’s about relationships. The UNCG Three   Read more…

Maya Angelou quote

Living and learning with Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou’s recent passing caused my heart to break. I was forced to reconcile the bittersweet loss of our living world with heaven’s gain. Dr. Angelou’s presence and storytelling have inspired my journey of womanhood. Among the many posts of tribute, I was moved by a column penned by Dr. Tara Green, professor Read more…

The Lost Boys and CoolDeb

Finding my way with The Lost Boys

My brothers: From left, Santino, Malou and Yai   For thirteen years, I’ve been blessed to be on a journey of sisterhood with my Sudanese brothers. With these men, often referred to as The Lost Boys, I’ve redefined family and expanded my soul.  I’ve been moved, elevated – heck, shoved all Read more…

Boston Strong start line

Boston strong

After taking my traditional winter break, I started running again this week. I didn’t bother tracking distance or calculating pace, I just ran. It felt good and it hurt at the same time, yet I know it’s all part of getting back to it. Hello running legs and lungs – Read more…