So Long New York…

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I flew into JFK 26 years ago this month from London with 2 suitcases. Tonight I fly out of JFK and back to London. I take another 2 suitcases (+ 22 boxes that are on a ship somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic). I leave behind a varied and rich tapestry of friends and neighbors. Incredibly, some of these …

Pamela Brown-PetersideSo Long New York…

Remembering…

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(First posted to my blog on April 4, 2016.) The first week of April… On this day (4/4) in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, shot on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis. (On this day in 1959, my parents, Gally Brown-Peterside & Elizabeth James were married in a registry office in South London.) On April 7, …

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What’s in a Name?

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(First posted to my blog on Feb 13, 2016.) For someone with a Nigerian father, I have an unusual surname. Not only is my family name unAfrican and all together British but it’s also hyphenated. Hyphenated names, somewhat unusual in the U.S., are usually formed from the surnames of both parents. From time to time, people who know my background …

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Look for the Signs

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January 6th, is called the Day of Epiphany in the Christian calendar. It is marked by the visit of the magi in search of the baby Jesus. Matthew tells us that magi came from the east to Jerusalem looking for the king of the Jews. They had seen his star and had come to worship him. The star was a …

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My Irish Mini-Adventure

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Several months ago, before I had any idea I’d have the opportunity to visit Northern Ireland, I went to see the film, Philomena. Though it is ultimately a tragic and sad story, I laughed a lot through it. There were many moments of humor, brought on usually by the culture and socioeconomic clashes between the British Oxbridge-educated journalist Martin Sixsmith …

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Mandela’s Long Walk Comes to an End…

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Six days ago the world learned that Nelson Mandela had finally passed away after a long illness associated with his respiratory situation. Though the news came as something of a shock, I knew he’d been close to death since the summer. Then, purely for sentimental reasons, I’d hoped he’d reach his 95th birthday on July 18th – which he did …

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Friendship with Alicia

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In a church with an average age of 33, it’s rare to attend a memorial service for someone who was her early 30s. Yet I recently found myself in the sanctuary of 150 W83rd – I’m yet to attend a wedding there – remembering Alicia, along with her friends and family. Less than a year ago, doctors discovered a cancerous …

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Summer & Silence

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At the end of May, I had the opportunity to travel to southern Spain for a conference with a missions organization I was once a part of.¬† The venue was a swanky resort on the edge of a small town called Huelva¬† on the Atlantic coast. Since Huelva is an hour from Faro in Portugal, me and my friend P …

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Savoring the Gifts We Receive Every Day

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Yesterday I awoke before 6, rested and energized. So I took myself off to my local park, Ft Tryon, for a very modest jog. I was out of the house by 6.30 and back by 7.00. It was a glorious morning and at that time of the day, because of a storm that blew through the previous night, it actually …

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