Author Archives: Dr. Joy

About Dr. Joy

I am a life lover...I teach. I read. I write. I love. I pray. I eat. I dream.

How we got to this: Reflections of A Trench Warrior

I was born and raised in the not-too-distant shadow of protests turned into riots. 1970–the novelty of ‘Say it loud. I’m Black and I’m proud‘ had worn off and was drifting into nostalgia among youth transitioning into their roles as … Continue reading

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Quaranteaching After Poetry: Movement in Three Parts

Part I: You Got Me It is Monday after a weekend when my gaze was upon two queens “battling” softly to their tunes more like celebration than war… They had surrendered that story–two nations at odds–years ago for that is … Continue reading

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Like a firefly in cupped hands

At almost fifty, I can still invoke the memory… [Memory…its own muscle…is being exercised daily…] The feelings… Of a captured firefly (we called them lightnin’ bugs) walking around between my palms. The curious arousal that made me laugh…nervously… The released … Continue reading

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Patterns & Signs: On killing old trees

Earth Day was the reminder that I have been here for four years, only four years, although these days, weeks feel like months so years feel like an eternity. When I first saw her, I thought “wow…she’s old!” Her roots, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Earth Day 50

Part 1: One with the earth When I stop to reflect on who I am, what I am, where I am, why I am, I can’t separate my am-ness from the planet on which I rely. I went outside today … Continue reading

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Generation A?

What comes after Z? Do we start again at A? Or do we assume it to be AA, like batteries for the Remote [learning] Control on the coffee table? The generation that is described as TECHNOHOLIC… Intoxicated by capital gain … Continue reading

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Parenting Mama Drama

(For all the mothers working from home) You want what? You want it when? Really? Chile please. Do you know who I am? I am a mother. I am their first teacher. I am his wife. I am his reason … Continue reading

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