Unequal America

Unequal America

by Aronya Waller

No matter how much we protest, cry, riot, sit, or fight

We seem to be forever mired by this ugly blight

Infected by this dark, dank spirit of hatred and oppression

Wondering if there will ever be freedom in our possession

A country supposedly built on life, justice, and liberty

Yet, we can’t even love, pray, and live in true equality

Rest in peace Nabra Hassanen 

Memorial Day 2017

Honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives. #MemorialDay #MemorialDay2017

Take Some Time for You

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”—Audre Lorde

Even the greatest among us must remember to take some time for relaxation, a necessary component of self-care. Stepping back and taking a breath does not show weakness; rather, it shows your intelligence  and wisdom to let another take the reigns. Furthermore, it shows your strength by allowing someone else to have temporary leadership. This holiday weekend sit back and relax. Let someone else take charge. And, most importantly, take care of you.

The Beauty of the Butterfly

A friend of mine posted this quote by Maya Angelou, and I was so touched by it that I had to make a pictogram. In your darkest days, may you always remember your beauty and strength within.

Happy Mother’s Day

Whether you are a mother biologically, matrimonially, or inspirationally, I pray that you are pouring into a child instead of taking out. I may only have one biological mother, but I was blessed to be given a second mother early in life. In addition, I had my grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, cousins, and many other great women who molded me into the lady who I became today. Whether near or far, I know it was their actions and prayers that got me to this point in life. The greatest legacy that we can leave is by positively inspiring and impacting the next generation. I pray that we all are helping our legacies. 

Trumpcare #UnAffordableCareAct

This proposed Trumpcare plan must be created for Top 10% of this country. Who will be able to afford this if the states don’t cover it? Definitely not me…

From Vox:

States could also opt out of Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement. This is the core set of medical services that the Affordable Care Act requires all insurers to cover. It includes 10 types of coverage:

  • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children

By removing all of these essential services, the Mango Mussolini may believe he has trumped the political system. Let it be known, however, that this is only the beginning. When you mess with affordable care this much, there will be a major price to pay. Your supporters will become your greatest enemies. Lest we forget Eric Cantor…

These services are essential for a reason. Don’t create a sick and deprived nation. You can read the full article on Vox. 

Juan Ramón Jiménez Quote

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.—Juan Ramón Jiménez


Just another reminder to always march to the beat of your own drum. 

Trumpkins Run Amok

Hey Trumpkins…what say you? Do you feel hoodwinked?

In the words of the great Malcolm X:

“Oh, and I say it again, you’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been hoodwinked. Bamboozled. Led astray. Run amok!”

  • Travel ban – nope
  • Trumpcare – nope
  • The Wall – you know that’s not happening 

I would love to hear what all the Trump supporters have to say now. #Hoodwinked #Bamboozled

Top lawmaker: Pushing ‘inner city’ kids to college is a waste

This was my Facebook post that I decided to share here. I can’t stand ignorance, especially from elected officials who decide on our children’s futures. 



Senator John Eichelberger, I wonder if you consider pushing the rural kids from your district a waste as well. This is one of the most ignorant things that I’ve heard this year, and that is saying a lot. As the chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee, I see that you need some quick lessons for success. First, don’t equate inner city with minority. That’s an illogical fallacy. If you are too lazy to look up the term, it’s similar to an alternative fact. Please note I said similar…not the same. I don’t know if my the majority of my neighbors would like to be called minorities. Second, what gives you the right to assume that only minorities would succeed in vocational programs instead of collegial curricula? A race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality, etc. does not determine academic and vocational success. The success is based more upon the ability to use multiple learning styles, a culturally responsive curriculum, and school districts willing to teach for success. It is time to remove your rose-colored glasses. It is just as easy to use your reports to disparage rural school districts and push students to become farmers and mechanics. Instead of doing that, why don’t you visit each school district to discover and then implement the factors for success?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Top-lawmaker-Push-to-send-inner-city-minorities-to-college-is-a-waste.html?mobi=true

La Cristina Dice: The Mother/Daughter Tree

I imagine that my mom, my daughter and I are all part of a tree. My mom is the roots, sturdy and strong, keeping us grounded. She is for the most part unseen, but the rest of the tree wouldn’t exist without her. 

Please read this beautiful post from La Cristina Dice about the connection between mothers and daughters. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 
http://lacristinadice.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-motherdaughter-tree.html?m=1