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A plea to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month

By Tiffany BrownIn 1999, I saw my first therapist.  Sixteen years later, I’ve been through dozens a doctors and now it’s the norm for me. What’s wrong with me? Nothing at all. But something hasn’t been right since the day I was born. In 2012, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. It is a mental illness that one out of 100 Americans suffer from.  It’s a challenging combination of schizophrenia and manic, depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder. For a long time, I never told anyone about my illness because I was ashamed. I was afraid of the usual, like “She’s crazy. What’s […]

by · May 6, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · FEATURED ESSAYS, THE MORGAN LIST
A Different Kind of Normal: ‘Mom’ Is Not Always What It Seems

A Different Kind of Normal: ‘Mom’ Is Not Always What It Seems

The Morgan List–Personal Essay  Every family has its own set of dynamics. Those who aren’t a part of that family may not understand these dynamics and they may categorize them as being abnormal, but, in today’s society “normal” isn’t easily defined. I live with my mom and dad. My dad works, my mom takes care of our home and I am a full time student. Throughout the day, we communicate, but we don’t really see each other face-to-face because we are each doing our part to keep our family moving. We come home for dinner and we use that time […]

by · May 20, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · FEATURED ESSAYS, SECTIONS, THE MORGAN LIST

‘Hollaback!’ at Street Harassment

Becoming a woman is a traumatizing experience. Why? Because, it practically happens overnight.  There is no handbook or guide to being a woman. There’s no fairy godmother, who sweetly whispers in your ear, “Mazel tov! You’re a woman now and I’m here to guide you as you embark on your journey to womanhood.” Contrary to popular belief, you don’t become a woman the first day you realize that you’re taller than the majority of the boys in your 7th grade class. And sad to say, you don’t become a woman when you’ve finally managed to put your lipgloss on perfectly […]

A Trip to the Clinic

A Trip to the Clinic

It was 6:50 a.m. on November 9, 2013, and already the conjoined and lightly cushioned chairs placed strategically in the lobby were quickly being filled. I was sure that scheduling my appointment for 7 a.m. would rid me of any crowds, but I quickly found out that my early bird tactics had been stolen by other people. Gazing around the room, I was puzzled by the movie selection on the 40-inch-flat screen TV hanging high across the room. Oceans Twelve? Some choice of a movie. The receptionist smiled and handed me a stack of papers.  Like the women who had […]

Cherry Hill Dreaming

Cherry Hill Dreaming

Success, the intended outcome of all I do. It’s all I allow myself to achieve.  Actually, it’s all my parents have allowed me to attain. Growing up the youngest of five children, I was designated the over-achieving younger sister. The one who consistently surprised my parents with my wit and knowledge. The one who did everyone’s homework for monetary gain. I was what my mother coined her “ticket out of the ghetto.” Typically, my report card boasted A’s, a few B’s and, due to a teacher who despised me (or the words that came out of my smart mouth), an […]

by · May 14, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · FEATURED ESSAYS