It Takes A Village To Save a Marriage

It Takes A Village To Save a Marriage

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Last week a friend of mine reached out for help. She and her husband were struggling and things had taken a turn for the worse. It wasn’t specifically to me that my friend turned to, but rather, to our book club. We’re a group that gathers quarterly to discuss our favorite books, eat and gossip. We range in age, race, religion and life experience, but we all have a love of great literature. While we only see each other in person four times a year, we keep…

Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Who’s More Black•ish, El Esposo or Ms. Meltingpot?

Hello Meltingpot Readers, So, those of you who read my memoir, Kinky Gazpacho, know I have a deep fascination with all things Black and Spanish. It’s kind of been my way to make my relationship with el esposo into some sort of cosmic destiny thing. I like finding historical precedents in all things, including my own personal love life. So, when I fell in love with Spain and then with el esposo, I felt compelled to find some shard of Black culture in my adopted homeland. And I did. A…

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think all of you know that I’m a huge Chimamanda Adichie fan, especially after having the chance to meet her in person last year while she was in Philly for a reading from her latest novel, Americanah. And truth be told, I love her as much as I love her books. So, of course I was only too thrilled to see that I don’t have to wait for her next book to be released to satisfy my craving for new content from her. She’s started a…

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Guess Where I’m Going? : Ms. Meltingpot’s European Adventure

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’ve been in a whirlwind of travel planning. Remember when I told you that I’d be spending the summer in London teaching? Well, everything is officially a go, so I had to buy my tickets this week and make it official. And while I am totally excited to spend six weeks with 20 college students for six hours a day, five days a week in a city as exciting as London, I know I’m going to need a real vacation at the end of it all. So,…

The Age of Aquarius: Happy Birthday to Me!

The Age of Aquarius: Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is my birthday! And surprise, surprise I treated myself to lunch in Center City, Philadelphia and an afternoon trolling around different bookstores. It was a truly pleasant day. (stay tuned for Thursdays’ post to hear about the book I bought). But I have to be honest. Just last week, I was kind of dreading my birthday. And I’ll tell you why. I’ve always hated my February birthday. As a kid, because I was a competitive swimmer, a February birthday meant I always aged out of the…

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you miss me? I missed you all. Really, I did. So much has been happening in my life, so many times I’ve wanted to write but literally couldn’t find the time for much more than a quick Facebook post or a tweet. That’s right, dear readers. I’ve basically only been able to dedicate 140 characters or less to writing these days. So, let me catch you up. But I warn you, I’m about to go a little spiritual and words like God with a capital “G”…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope you are all having a happy and healthy holiday season. I’m definitely happy, but healthy is proving to be a little bit harder. My whole family, minus son #2, has been hit with a stomach virus, starting three days before Christmas. Thus, I haven’t had a moment to write here. I apologize. And for the record, I probably won’t make it back to the blog before the new year begins. So, just in case, merry, merry to all and here’s to a happy and peaceful…