About Blksista



I’m a mid-Boomer/Jones Generation/unmarried/straight/Nichiren Buddhist/progressive and writer, interested in just about everything live and in color. Presently, I live in Madison, WI, but I want to resettle back on the Left Coast, in California, Oregon, or Washington.

What’s happening with me? Well, I am currently underemployed, but that situation may indeed change as time marches on. I am a writer. I have an MFA in creative writing and a BA in broadcast journalism. If I am a  Jones Generation type, it means I was born in the mid-point of the Baby Boomer generation, or the Fifties. I am an aunt and a great-aunt. I chant nam-myoho-renge-kyo.  I’m a progressive with middle-class values. All this doesn’t mean I am not open to many other things, but there are naturally going to be things that I am never going to figure. That indeed may be a way for people to respond to each other, and not necessarily just to me.

You can reach me at gab1954@gmail.com.

18 Responses to “About Blksista”

  1. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking
    and checking back frequently!

  2. Hi, I’ve been ‘following’ your blog for a while and have recently created a blogroll – and added yours to it. Thought you might like to know. While my site – a travelogue – is obvs quite different to yours, I always like to hear what you think about things, even if I don’t always agree. Keep speaking.

  3. Been following for a while and thought I’d let you know I’ve added you to my site’s blogroll. I don’t always agree but I’m always keen to hear what you think. Keep speaking.

  4. I encountered your blog while searching for a Butsudan, I just moved to Tulsa Oklahoma form Omaha NE, I used to live and practice in Portland Ore. I am sixty-five, have a Bachelor’s in Communication/Black Studies, and can relate to your writing. I will chant for you and I wish you well in the future.

    • Thank you very much.

  5. I would like to send this note out since the 9/11 day is rapidly approaching and the 8/31 date has passed. I did not necessarily want to leave it on your profile space, so if you need to place it in an appropriate blog spot, please do.

    Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 Remembered– DIFFERENTLY

    As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, it might be interesting to note the upcoming events for this. If you contrast and compare the way the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 events are memorialized or recognized in the public, you will find that New Orleans was swept under the old “proverbial rug” while we are all forced to recognize the loss of those in the 9/11 attacks. Each year, they will find someone who is still “crying.” While I could NEVER minimize the loss of that tragic event, I can’t help but feel that New Orleans was also lost (in a way) after the wake of Katrina. People were scattered to the four corners of the country—never to return. Here it is six years later and I am just getting back home. I have two other friends who are also returning. Still, there are others who can’t get back and those who won’t come back. New Orleans die the day the levees broke and the government failed us. I spoke with a behavioral counselor at the free clinic that was held in New Orleans and she said that people are still being helped by the government. Here in New Orleans, it’s “Dead Man Walking,” as there are so many people needing some counseling or mental health services. Additionally, while FEMA is trying to recover monies that they felt that they overpaid the citizens of New Orleans, they are STILL PAYING the people of New York and the families of those on the United flight. It is a serious concern and a crying shame the way the people of New Orleans were and still are treated while those in New York, many of whom were NOT directly affected by the twin towers incident, are being taken care of—to this day.

    But, for all intent purposes, I am home; such as it is. To paraphrase an old television sit-com, ‘it’s a different World from where I came from.’

    • Are you comparing the New Orleans deaths to the deaths of 9/11? It was not a race thing, or conspiracy, or some hoax. To even suggest that the people of New Orleans are in the same “proverbial boat,” you’re ridiculous! Those people had a choice and advanced warning of a storm headed their way. It’s not like it just fell out of the sky on top of the dykes attempting to protect the city….but, the planes fell out of the sky without warning.
      Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for the people who lost everything; cherished memories, homes, and loved ones, but to take away the shame of radicals who caused death of innocent Americans and our national sense of security.

  6. Your blog is wonderful. Keep up the good work. :)

  7. I think I found your blog from Feministe –you write beautifully. I loved the Our House post, and found the post on Burr Oaks moving too. I commented on an MJ post or two. I’m living in Chicago now, originally from NYC. But I spent many years in Madison (’93-’07). Got there from NOLA and was in deep culture shock for years. I kept going back to “N’awlins” for every Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest I could, until thesis work prohibited it. I am going back for the first time since 1997 this November. I’m not sure what to expect but I can’t wait for a decent shrimp po’boy!

    Keep writing!! You have a distinct and powerful voice. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Hi Gabrielle,
    I have enjoyed reading your stuff. As you know, I have always enjoyed your writing. . . . since WCO. I will pass it on so others can enjoy it as much as I do.
    Love ya always, mgm

    • Girl, keep visiting me and commenting! Love ya, sis!

  9. Hey, it’s white bro. (I guess that would be brother) Love conservatives, but glad you’re writing. russnmonona

  10. Yo, chesk this out:


  11. Hey Sista!New Orleans is my home town.I now live in Dc.Are you from there originally?Glad to see your posting on the Hendrix case..it’s one that i’ve been working for years.I will get back with more..

    • I was born there; sorta bred there and in California.

      Let us know what you have re: Hendrix…

  12. Hey! We met at Michel and Beth’s BBQ last weekend. My friend Ethan said you might be interested in doing some online CW teaching. If so, you can find my email on my website, or below.

  13. Hey! I found your blog when someone had linked from your blog to mine, and I’ve been checking it out for the last hour or so! I love your posts and I’m definitely going to be adding you to my links. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  14. You have a very impressive thing going on here. Continued success to you my sister.

    Power, strength & Respect.

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