My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Pres. Obama Puts His Stamp On The Health Care Bill

Well there you have it. The president's own signature on the Health Care Bill. I'm still in a bit of shock that after decades of trying to change health care, something is being done. There are some things in the bill I like and some I don't like. I'm sure things will be added over time.

Two posts ago I wrote about Nancy Pelosi's role but President Obama recognized another Nancy who he called the unsung hero in their push for reform--Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Read about her in a Time magazine article from last year. She studied at Harvard and Oxford University. During the Clinton administration she was the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, overseeing Medicare and Medicaid. And she has worked with corporations. From Nancy DeParle to Sarah Palin and Diane Sawyer who should have been anchor for World News Tonight years ago--women are doing it.

Photo Credits
1. Pres. Obama's signature on the Health Reform Bill (Chuck Kennedy)
2. Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden speak with White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle following historic signing. (Pete Souza)
*All photos from White House Flickr Photostream