Looking to get away for a few days by myself, I decided on Provincetown MA. this time.

I flew from JFK to Boston and then a short flight on a Cessna with Cape Air into Provincetown. You can also take the ferry over as another option. The Cessna is probably the smallest plane I have ever flown in and if you are claustrophobic or have a fear of flying, I suggest taking the ferry. The pilot was great, pointing out the whales as we were flying over the Atlantic and even circling back to make sure we all got to…


After facing and admitting That I had a fatal disease called addiction and devoting twenty-four challenging months of self-examination of both the negative and positive aspects of myself, I finally passed through to a point in my understanding that I didn’t have to accept defeat but discovering there was hope and strength within myself to change my life. Then once again I was smashed by life when I was diagnosed with HIV, a clear death sentence at that time. A slow and painful death stripped of all my dignity as a human being before my last breath. I would die…


When we come into this world you look at us in awe, not wanting to miss our first word (hoping dada comes out before mama), being as amazed as we are when we take our first steps and seeing the pride in your eyes on our first day of school. Holding our hand and knowing that hand will protect us for the rest of our lives. Letting us snuggle in the crook of your side on the couch where we can feel the warmth and safety of your love for us. How you make us nervous for the first boy…


When I think back to all of the memories of you, it makes me smile. Watching you out of your bedroom window while you spray painted my ballet shoes in the backyard for my next ballet recital. The Saturday afternoons that we would go for lunch and get our nails done. The rainy afternoons we would sit in the brown recliner together and listen to music on the phonograph. As I got older, I know I was a challenge to raise at times. Knowing you would have preferred me in skirts and heels instead of construction boots, tee shirts and…


Choosing to visit the Dominican Republic during COVID-19 19 was a detailed plan. I researched the government guidelines (wwwnc.cdc.gov and do.usembassy.gov). There is no negative Covid-19 test required to travel there. I chose to get a PCR test before getting on the plane so that I would not infect anyone else, should I already be infected and not know it. I brought a letter with my test results with me just in case the airline and/or resort asked me for any proof. …


I woke up earlier than usual today. As I looked out my window to get a morning glimpse of the Verrazzano bridge, I remembered the feeling of leaving for vacation. The sky was a blue that reminded me of a soft washed out denim shirt that you never want to take off. The sun was not up yet, and the lights of the bridge reminded me that a new day was about to start. I could reminisce on that feeling of my suitcase packed and having a cup of coffee before my car picks me up for the airport. Hearing…


It was still dark as I walked out of my room with my coffee cup in hand. I was amazed to see how many deer were on the lawn of the hotel just grazing. I quietly walked past, trying not to disturb anyone from their green breakfast and headed towards the stone wall a few feet away. There I was greeted by all the other guests that were waiting for the sunrise as well. There were a few people sitting on the wall while their legs dangled into the abyss of the canyon. I found a spot with a clear…


I can never say I know how you feel to a black person because I never will. I am white, growing up in a white town on Long Island there were only two black families in my town. I never thought much of it as a kid. I remember there was a Baptist church in my neighborhood and on Saturdays I could hear them worshipping and having a good time. My mother always told me never to go over there as I would question what they were doing. It sounded like they were having a good time and I wanted…


My life’s journey is a dirt road where I have experienced golden sunrises that feel like a blanket of warmth around my heart at times. Pink and lavender sunsets that help me relax and feel the calmness of the moment. Then there are some heavy storms of darkness, wind and rain that turn my road into mud. My feet get stuck until I can figure out a way to pull them out, dry them off and start moving again. There are people who I meet along the way, sometimes for a moment, sometimes they decide to walk along with me…


I believe I am an intuitive person so when I think about someone a few times, it is time to reach out. It has always turned out to be an experience of a lifetime to reconnect with someone I have not seen in a few decades.

After September 11th, a longtime family friend reached out to me to see if I was okay. She knew I worked in the city and was not sure how close I was to the towers that day. We started catching up with one another and realized a phone call was not enough. So, I…

Lori King

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