Several years ago, in 2016, after Philando Castile was murdered by police in St. Paul, Minnesota, I wrote an essay further inspired by Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates. It was so raw, real, revealing too much of my gut that I opted not to put it here, out into the world. … Continue reading Living While Black – Even after the publication of Between the World and Me
As the City of Richmond works its way to taking down all of the Confederate monuments and symbols within its limits, the Robert E. Lee Monument, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia, still stands. For now. The General A. P. Hill Monument, property of the city, at the traffic circle in the intersection … Continue reading A Fight to Keep The Robert E. Lee Monument Up in Richmond, Virginia
It’s been a few weeks now since the Confederate statues in Richmond, Virginia started coming down. As the former Capitol of the Confederacy, this is major. Before the city began to formally remove them, several had been yanked from their pedestals, including the figure of Jefferson Davis, from the elaborate memorial to the former president … Continue reading Stonewall Jackson Monument, Richmond, Virginia – Through My Grandparents’ Eyes
For more than twenty-five years now, close to thirty, there has been a story in my head loosely based upon oral history in my native Richmond, Virginia and then expounded upon more by my imagination. I’ve been ripped from it occasionally to write other stories, which I’ve done, and the original comes roaring back at … Continue reading Does My Writing Have A Place Anymore?
In the wake of the quarantine and living in a production of the movie, Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray, productivity has finally returned to me. I'm back to writing and I can't seem to stop! It's not too unusual for me to be up until the wee hours, and even until sunrise, for me to … Continue reading The Tonya Rice Literary Universe (“TRLU”)
I hope you're continuing to do well and keeping safe and healthy. It is a stressful time and I keep everyone in prayer. In some way or another, many of us have been affected by this pandemic via someone we know directly or indirectly who has dealt with it and survived and worse, who did … Continue reading A Writer’s Update
Like many other folks around the country now due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, my family and I are shut in for a good little while, only going out when absolutely necessary. Thankfully, we’ve been healthy and pray to remain so. I’m wishing the best for you and yours during these times. It’s a … Continue reading A Different Kind of March Madness
'Tis February 29th! This February has given us an extra day and to me, that's an extra day to settle in for a good read before the month is out. Yay! However - as the month ends, I have to ask, just where in the %^$% is the freaking snow??? This picture here is one … Continue reading Where’s the Snow?!
anThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews I think I read somewhere that The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was considered a horror story. If I did - I'll check around for that reference - it's the most incorrect assessment of this story. Perhaps … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you... - from "Time" by Pink Floyd This has to have been the fastest year in memory! I can't believe that we're just hours away from a whole new decade. I'm looking back at not just the past year of my writing, but the … Continue reading How This Past Decade Turned Me Into An Author