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Remembrance: A poem about finding beauty and comfort in this lifetime

I have a million beautiful memories I can only capture in film because the grainy quality comforts me with the warmth of moments and images from my beautiful childhood.

Remembrance: A poem about finding beauty and comfort in this lifetime
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I'm absolutely not a photographer.

I have a million beautiful memories I can only capture in film because the grainy quality comforts me with the warmth of moments and images from my beautiful childhood.

My berets made me magical in the '90s.

I housed fantasy, Spice Girl wishes, and enough PVC accessories to envelope the beauty of my innocence in a plastic bubble.

The year 2020 was about getting through things. It was about transcending the past and future to get to the point that devolves time and creates a space of comfort.

As Black people, we are often so patient regarding the future and past. Our ancestors waited and survived in light of the future with the past in mind. In present times, we look back at the wonder about the past with our futures in mind.

So often, the comfort and brilliance of where we are in real-time get lost.

Through photos used as glimpses of my mind, I wish to be here. Whatever here is.

Comforted with the love and beauty of the people in my life. Forever.

Photo credit: Brittany King

Peta and Staffies: Why the call to eradicate the breed has to end

Peta has called for Staffordshire Bull Terriers to be sterilised, claiming it's the best thing for the breed. But shouldn't the focus be on irresponsible owners, not the dogs?

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Once again Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) - a charity that claims to protect animals, is pushing for Staffordshire Bull Terriers - a loyal, loving family dog, to be eradicated.

In 2018, during a government consultation of the Dangerous Dog Act 1991, the charity called for Staffies to be added to it claiming, at the time, that it was, 'best for the dog.' If they had been, it would have made it illegal to own the breed in the UK.

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The challenges of summertime parenting - from brain freeze to sandy cars

The best time of year to be a parent, just don't forget sunscreen

I love the sun more now than I ever did because parenting gets a bit easier in nice weather. But of course, the lighter nights and sunshine bring their own challenges too.

My four-year-old says the only thing he doesn't like about summer is brain freeze, which indicates how many ice lollies are consumed in this house. I made my own last summer from sugar-free cordial and may have to do the same again this year because they requested ice lollies for breakfast and haven't stopped asking.

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