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Ten Years Gone…

August 5, 2010

Earlier today,  I realized that it has been a full 1o years since I have worn my hair in (dread)locs.  I was 22 years old and a junior in college.  Life was new for me and I wanted a hairstyle to reflect that change…

thinking about a decade ago makes me want to reconnect with my culture and family history

But wait, something else heppened that year that rocked my world for life: my Grandma and my cousin died within the same week.

I swear I just realized that when I was looking at my ancestor altar in my home.  I looked at the obit for my favorite cousin who was buried August 3, 2000.  I didn’t cry but I thought about him being my first and best childhood friend.  he died in his sleep.  He was 25 years old.  Maybe I will cry later tonight.

I still miss my cousin Raymond...

I can’t find my Grandma’s obit.  I lost it regrettably 5 years ago.  I am not close with any family members so there is no one who I can or would want to call to get a duplicate.  I will find another way, I’m confident of that.  She died three days before Raymond did.  I always felt that Grandma’s spirit escorted him to the pearly gates.

I think I can turn this melancholy moment into a launchpad for empowerment and healing though…

I always wanted to connect with my family history and my culture as an woman of African descent in America.  I am also a vegetarian in Metro Detroit who cooks vegan adaptations of traditional African meals.  This blog is dedicated to my journey in both family and food.

I still love you man. Tell Grandma I said hi

More posts to come soon after this.  I am a web journalist who writes on vegan and vegetarian subjects.  Follow my articles on  Also feel free to connect with me on my Facebook page and Twitter to keep abreast of what I am up to 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2010 1:14 am

    Sorry to hear about your losses, Dina, but memories are ones to treasure. I sure do hope you take advantage of this blog by linking your Examiner entries to push traffic. I’ll be reading!

  2. August 6, 2010 2:52 am

    Thanks Montie! Oh Yeah, thanks for the tip about Examiner! Virtual hugs!

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