All Posts By Kay Bolden

California Dreamin’

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When I Let My Reptilian Brain Take the Wheel In the end, I moved across the country the way I usually do things: haphazardly (although I prefer the term freestyle). My 27th consecutive Illinois winter had frozen all but the most reptilian lobe of my brain. Logic, reason, planning — they were all on ...

Fearless

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Even at the age of 7, I was accustomed to people coming in and out of our house at all hours of the day and night. My parents ran the NAACP and organized civil rights marches from our living room, and published a militant newspaper from our basement. On any ...

I’m Keeping My Rage. So Stop Sending Me “Unity” Memes.

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My inbox and Twitter feed are awash in “love trumps hate” memes and videos gushing that there’s only one race — the human race. My white friends, especially, are sending me stylized Michelle Obama quotes and John Lennon songs and cute puppies playing in the sun. Red, yellow, black and ...

Travel Buddy

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As a woman who enjoys traveling solo, I never gave much thought to finding a travel buddy until I met Cecelia. Stranded by bad weather in the Toronto airport, we were both struggling to get comfortable for a floor nap. She was my exact opposite: tall, quiet and neatly dressed. ...

Turkey Tails

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“Give me the turkey tail!” my father would yell from the head of the table, and I would leap to slice off the fatty, juicy, tender stub at the tail end of our Thanksgiving bird. “That butt is mine!” he would chortle, sending my mother into fits of giggles. Our guests — ...

The Artist’s Way

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“Art isn’t just a way for me to express my creativity,” says Antonia “Toni” Ruppert. “It’s a way to connect and engage with the community.” Toni fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer, when she was selected to complete a summer art residency in Italy. The JSS International School in Civita Castellana, ...