• kqd.

This Is Us...

Dear Community,

Please do not be alarmed. This is not a blog about the popular television series "This is Us" although I would be interested in reading a deep dive into the cultural impact of the show. This is a blog about US - Our Story, Our Community.

Over the past few weeks, I've received so many emails of support, love and suggestions. Some folx have even shared their own awakenings and the many ways they are actively interrupting biases and examining expectations. It's been powerful to read. I've spent a lot of time reflecting on their words and even following up via email. My internal voice says, "Kalima, focus. There's so much work to do - customer service emails, calls, text messages, book orders, pack tote bags, etc." Then I hear, "keeping writing. Connecting with people; receiving their thoughts, sitting with their struggles, reflecting on the moment and responding from the place inside where their words have made a home, IS THE WORK."

A week ago, I sifted through the mail and saw a familiar name. I smiled with curiosity,

carefully opened the card and saw a handwritten letter from Kandasi. My eyes filled with tears. And as I read her words, I literally saw her smile as I remembered the day she, accompanied by her mom, stopped by the bookstore to grab some fresh reads before leaving the country. I thought then and I think now, I really like this human.