August 2016

PHOTO BY STEFAN BARNA

Photo by: Stefan Barna | barna.stefan@yahoo.com This photo was taken during the Belgrade Marathon. Thank you Stefan Barna for allowing bloggers from all over the world to freely use your photo. Brianna S. Clark The Addict Writes

THE DISSONANCE OF DENIAL

My Dear Friends and Readers, I can barely keep the up-coming  re-naming of this blog a secret.  I so want to tell you today, but I am going to wait until Thursday September 1 which is my birthday and  which will also be the birthday of the blog’s new name. Today, however, I write about my “re-constructed” past and how in my attempt to redefine it- redefine myself. When I

A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN

  VIEW FROM A MOUNTAIN TOP IN ASSISI, ITALY- August 17, 2016 PHOTO BY: Brianna S. Clark My Dear Friends and Readers, Today our blog is a one year old.  During the past year the blog had 10,000,61 views.  Thank you  all, my loyal readers and friends. During this year, I have grown in all aspects of my life. This blog began on my return from a trip to Paris

WHY OUR CULTURE DOESN’T HONOR THE ELDERLY.

My Dear Friends and Readers, I began to ponder the “concept” of old in our American society. Overall, my sense is that as a culture, we feel old age is the time to give up, let go of our dreams, our health, our sexuality. This is not a mind-set that I wish to embrace. I feel as if I have finally figured it out-that I have accepted my authentic self.

TAKE THE NEXT RIGHT STEP TO YOUR DREAMS

This was my topic this afternoon as I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the third annual awards ceremony for the Youth Advocacy Program in Baltimore City. More pictures to follow in the next few days. Brianna

PROGRAMMED TO FEAR YOUNG BLACK MEN

My Dear Friends and Readers, This morning I was in an urban grocery store in downtown Baltimore. The store caters to the high-end employed in Baltimore’s business district. The rest of the folks get to shop there as well, but you won’t find bargains or specials there. You will find unsweetened organic soy milk and gluten free brownies. Back to the point. This morning I saw an African American male

A BATTLE ON TWO FRONTS SEXY AND SMART

 My Dear Friends and Readers, I have been a walking mass of contradictions my whole life. My 1950’s Catholic up-bringing has always been in contradiction with my natural sexuality- yes, I am owning it. I am sexy. This has been  a very hard thing for me to accept-  to own my sexiness. There was something else as well. I believed that it was my full 12 year old  breasts and

I DID NOT WRITE NOTES

My Dear Friends and Readers, I loved everything about the Democratic National Convention. I really loved the last night, however there was one speaker who created some angst within me. That speaker was Chelsea Clinton.  I listened as Chelsea Clinton lauded her mother who was First lady and Secretary of State and Senator from the state of New York. I cringed   as I heard Chelsea relate how her Mother

GOOD BYE RAG DOLL

My Dear Friends and Readers, The above photo is of my mother and all of my siblings.  It was taken in 1964. When I first arrived from my country of birth,Guyana South America, I was four years old. My mother made most of our clothes. They were easy to make clothes with elasticized sleeve bands, an elasticized neckline and elasticized waists. She usually added a piece of lace around the