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Like many of you, I was shocked (and saddened) to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or “Harry and Meghan”, had decided to step back from their official royal duties. Not only that — they’re planning to move away and set up a life apart from the royals in the UK.

For those across the pond who are bombarded with daily updates on the royal family, this may have come as no surprise. For the rest of us, this bold move was unexpected and the manner in which it was announced by the couple themselves vs. official channels…


Before you dismiss this as just another rant about the coronavirus, I implore you to consider what I learned today. Since this pandemic nightmare began, we have lost more than 1,100 people who committed their lives to healing, saving, and caring for the health of others. I could have referred to them as health care workers. It certainly would have made for a shorter sentence, but I wanted to drive home that we are losing PEOPLE. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, colleagues, neighbors, and friends — human vessels of love, companionship, nurturing, support, partnership, mentorship, encouragement, and the list…


As we near the end of 2020, we wistfully look back to the days now known as ‘pre-Covid’. This deadly virus tiptoed into our country in late January, slowly circulating before steamrolling its way into our homes, communities, and hospitals by early March. The familiar patterns and processes for how we worked, learned, shopped, traveled, and assembled were upended with very little warning back in March. Parents scrambled to stabilize life in their homes, setting up home offices and classrooms as they adjusted to their new roles as teleworkers and co-teachers. …


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Ok. I have to admit I live in a bubble. In the midst of the double-pronged reckoning facing the U.S. in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgent fight for racial justice, my area is generally not seeing meltdowns over mask mandates or federal officers storming our neighborhood to quell protests (except for the notorious showdown in DC’s Lafayette Square near the White House). By and large, everyone here is taking the coronavirus seriously and they recognize that the police brutality and oppression suffered disproportionately by the Black community have got to stop. As white people wrestle with…


In city after city, we are hearing of event cancellations in response to the spread of the coronavirus here in the U.S. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to women entrepreneurs about staying connected to their children while building their businesses. I also shared strategies for managing technology usage in the name of preserving family relationships. One participant wondered how to keep kids off devices should schools close and they’re at home all day, for the foreseeable future. At that point in the day, there had been no K-12 school closure announcements in our area, but we explored that…


During Black History Month, I was asked by a high school student to describe my experience attending an HBCU, a historically Black College and University. It was indeed a seminal experience, but it had been some time since I really tried to put into words just what it meant to me and I appreciated this opportunity to do so. Attending Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college, had a remarkable impact on my life. From the first day I landed on campus, and walked on the quad among the historic buildings, I felt a spirit of hope and great…

Carol T. Muleta

Carol Muleta is an author and creator of The Parenting 411® delivering “information parents need from sources they can trust.” www.carolmuleta.com

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