A collection of digital content created by Te-Erika Patterson.

Questions From Gathering Blue By Lois Lowry

I fell in love all over again tonight when I was chatting with my 13-year-old son Solomon on Skype. The other day I asked him what he’s learning in school and he mentioned that his class was reading a book called Gathering Blue By Lois Lowry. I was excited to hear that because when his
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It’s About The Little Nothings

My schedule is free as free can be. I wake up whenever I feel like it and go to sleep whenever my eyes get tired. I have no outside obligations so I find myself up all night when reruns of Seinfeld are on. I heard about this show during its heyday pero I wasn’t into
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It’s A Brand New Year

I just finished ringing in 2016. Here’s the video in case you missed it. The smile you see on my face in that video is genuine. I actually am feeling so content and happy right now that I am kind of scared. I try not to overthink it, but I usually overthink everything so this
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I Should Start Personal Blogging Again

These days I am overwhelmed with opportunities to share my emotions, progress and hopes. I have managed to create quite a few platforms that people enjoy following. But I still don’t have a platform dedicated to just ME, like back in the old days when I could write the stories of my life without thinking
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Life After College

Just before I finished college the digital age began to boom. I stumbled across a blog online and then started my own in 2003 sharing stories about my daily life, hopes and dreams. By the summer of 2004 I left Gainesville and moved back to Miami with my two sons and we lived with my
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College Life at the University of Florida

I chose to attend the University of Florida because it was the best school in the state. Although it was 5 hours away from Miami, I wasn’t afraid to go it on my own. In fact, when I moved to Gainesville in the Fall of 1997, I moved by myself, sight unseen, with just $80
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My Childhood in Miami

I was born on July 2, 1979 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. My mother, Gloria, was 17 when she gave birth to me, I was her first child. Te-Erika means Little Powerful Ruler. She says she gave me that name because she was trying to be creative. I was raised by my mother
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‘Signs A Man Might Be On The Down Low’ Demonstrates How Women Create Their Own Fears

When Madame Noire, a website that describes itself as the “Black women’s lifestyle guide,” publishes an article called“Signs A Man Might Be On The Down Low” its intent is clearly not to help women to spot a cheating man. An article like this was created to fuel the ever-evolving self hatred and self degradation of the
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How Wage Workers Will Survive The Side Effects of ObamaCare

The scope of American health care will change completely once President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is implemented. The premise of the new law will require employers to provide health insurance for their full-time employees. Workers who have previously been unable to afford healthcare are applauding this effort while on the opposite end of the spectrum, businesses and
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Pablo Solomon’s Wicked Integration

Although Pablo Solomon is 65 years old, he isn’t ready for a life of retirement. You might find him canoodling with his wife Beverly in their spacious Texas ranch or creating stunning art and environmental design pieces that are celebrated internationally. Before he achieved his life-long dream of creative and artistic freedom, Solomon joined the fight for
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