Christmas past and the bittersweet memory of a lost recipe

A flocked and decorated Christmas tree with bright red and gold ornaments
Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

A thin sliver of creamy lemon goodness sat waiting, smudged in a frosty, glass pie dish. The last piece hidden behind a large container in the back of the refrigerator and her last pie. Every holiday, my mother-in-law would bake the entire family’s favorite dessert using lemons from her own…

Dedicated to my classmates

Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy Birthday Dr. King. Photo by Raffaele Nicolussi on Unsplash

Decades have passed since I’ve thought about the reason American history remained my least favorite subject throughout high school.

My ears held captive to Nikole Hannah-Brown’s 1619 Project via the NY Times podcast, “The Daily,” on my way to work one day in late 2019, transported me back to my…

Toya Qualls-Barnette

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