and New York City, Thank you! Love Kimberly


Photos: Kimberly Yarbrough Carpenter, Union Square

Clearly beautiful, tomorrow is the day.  Prepare for glittering paper, wrapping dreams of blue around pearl brilliant skies.

A job offer for Kimberly in a Kiyonna dress.


That’s Beauty, Sweet Potato

Photo Credit: Kimberly Yarbrough Carpenter
Photo Credit: Kimberly Yarbrough Carpenter

That’s love. I couldn’t make it without God. I have to buy the ingredients and make it again because I made substitutions that now seem illogical. It was good though. Self rising flour, molasses, stevia, almond milk or water, sweet potato, fresh ginger and Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Bengal sauce for glaze after baking. I may have included a sprinkle of baking soda to the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. You can skip the Hellmann’s and use Earth Balance instead.

Goodness, looking at me.

Say it Loud


Galloping leaping civil servants!

Iced tea under a shady tree after voting.  Pink slippers worn to the polls just because I’m free.

Workers insisting they will do whatever it takes to process my registration on the same day, minutes after a college class ends; or in the last moments after work; and within the time protected by the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and now me in the beautiful struggle unemployed and in need of food and healthcare but knowing:

God, my Mother, Aunts, Grandmother, Sisters, Brother, Cousins and Daddy would want me to continue learning in a supportive environment.

Not one step back.  We’re going forward.

Come on Governor McCrory.  The North Carolina law that you signed restricts voting rights, and certainly sends a clear message to students, the elderly, disabled, poor and to me that you do not believe we are deserving of America’s freedom and privileges.

You can lead with courage.

Eyes On You, Marvin Winans and Tymara Spears

The American Experience: Freedom Riders


Governor Pat McCrory now is the time to encourage and persuade people to live in a peaceful North Carolina. The unwelcome signs of your policies are state authorized abuse. Today you can choose to lead and not dismantle years of positive progress. Liberty from her celebrated post and God are watching you.

Come on, pick up…


What are you doing?  What have you done yet that I can verifiably see resulting in a positive outcome for the people?

What is all this–?

What does it have to do with love?

If your neighbor’s in need, can they call on you?

We’re out here hurting.

I’m educated.  I still have more to learn and to share.

Your powers of vision can turn this ship around.

One day–that’s all it took for me.

Look, here’s my draft.

Oh, try a little of that.

Maybe some more…I don’t know (yes I do).

Perhaps I will, just this one time–okay, Sun, Moon.  Done.

Call me if you need me, but you do realize…never mind, read.

Read the book.

It’s in there.

Look, I wrote that in a dream, and then I took a walk.  Peace.

For real though, there is an imperative need to know the truth.

Know your history.  Don’t just let them spoon you up into a version that does not acknowledge your contributions and beauty.

I mean especially…

History happened all up in and through this place.  Pain still waiting by trees.

I’m telling you, they’re over there right now handing out notes saying, “Nah, remember when we did that?  Ah HA!  Let’s do that again.  I want to collect some tears tonight boy!”

First thing when you know you’re awake, get on your knees and thank Him.



Then when you can, do what you do.  Put all of that into good work.

Oh me?  Right now, I’m just looking for my big brother.