Telling your story about mental illness can help improve treatment and services

Sometimes a heartfelt personal story has the power to touch minds and hearts even more than costly ads and lavishly produced commercials. That’s why NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is training members of the community to share stories about how they and their families are affected by mental illness. On Sat., Feb. 26,Continue reading “Telling your story about mental illness can help improve treatment and services”

See How Toastmasters is preparing next-gen communicators at FREE Feb. 26 Youth Summit

Learning to speak clearly, confidently and to the point are just three benefits of being a Toastmaster. Toastmasters International is a leader at teaching individuals to become better communicators and leaders. It’s never too late (and never too early) to learn these skills, which is why I believe we need to get our young peopleContinue reading “See How Toastmasters is preparing next-gen communicators at FREE Feb. 26 Youth Summit”

Dr. King must be crying today

It’s the day after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. It’s also the day our congressional representatives are debating the future of voting rights. That the two days are less than 24 hours apart is worth noting. Yesterday, the media was full of plaudits and praise for Dr. King and all he workedContinue reading “Dr. King must be crying today”

I’m worried about the direction of our beloved state of Texas

We need to talk about the direction of our beloved state of Texas. I mean, we really, really need to talk about the far-right takeover of Texas. Is it just me or is anyone else worried that we’re falling off the political deep end?  EXAMPLE 1: During the last legislative session, at the behest ofContinue reading “I’m worried about the direction of our beloved state of Texas”

How The Word is Passed: a grim lesson in the cruelty of slavery

Clint Smith’s How The Word is Passed features important information about the places and personalities that fed the slave trade, including how cities like New Orleans played major roles in the growth and maintenance of the slave trade. Smith takes readers to New Orleans, the Whitney plantation and other southern locales and explains how theseContinue reading “How The Word is Passed: a grim lesson in the cruelty of slavery”

The patter of little feet: the magic and joy of babes

Throughout time, parents, grandparents and those who aspired to become such have waxed eloquent about the pitter-patter of little feet in the house. Those of us who never had children (like me) have probably wondered what all the chatter is really about. I’m a great aunt now, and spending time with my young niece hasContinue reading “The patter of little feet: the magic and joy of babes”

I’m Lawana Porter, a Black woman thinker and writer in Dallas, Texas. Why blog? It’s a good question, one I’ve pondered a while.

In 2022, I’ve resolved to get my thoughts out of my head and into the world on my own terms. Social media is OK, but I prefer a more expansive venue where I can express opinions, thoughts, receive feedback, and share links to meaningful articles. I hope other curious people will seek me out andContinue reading “I’m Lawana Porter, a Black woman thinker and writer in Dallas, Texas. Why blog? It’s a good question, one I’ve pondered a while.”

Children need our help to learn to value and respect others

I recently read a news report about a 10-year-old girl in Utah who died by suicide. Her mother said the young girl, who family members and friends called Izzy, was tormented in school by peers who made fun of her autism. The family blames bullying and lack of response on the part of Izzy’s teacherContinue reading “Children need our help to learn to value and respect others”