My Name is Raya


When I used to hit the gym in the morning, I would catch the tail end of “My Name is Earl“. The show was funny and helped me power through the 3 miles I tried to log on the treadmill. Scaling back my finances, I eschewed the gym for outdoor walks when the mood hit […]

Back to School With #FIOSPhilly


****This post was sponsored by Verizon FIOS as part of the #FIOSPhilly Campaign. All opinions found here are strictly my own.**** Returning from my morning walk, the peace I obtained was shattered by the sound of a the school bell from the elementary school across the street from my house. The Mister and I exchanged […]

Lego Dimensions

Lego Dimensions, Sept 2015

Everything is awesome! Just in time for the back to school routine, Lego Dimensions is to be released September 27, 2015. Following the path of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, Lego has introduced a similar platform with a twist. The genius of Lego Dimensions is that the player can customize their Lego creation to further game […]

Story Beats

Dawn J Fraser Story Beats

Toastmasters offers a variety of ways to grow as a writer. Both the speeches that are given and publication in the monthly Toastmasters’ Magazine has to pull the audience in to your story. It also has to make the audience care from the opening hook to the final sentence. During BlogHer15 I had the pleasure […]

Seeing Erykah Badu, Part I

Queen Badu

There was plenty of disappointment to go around in North Philadelphia last night: The line for the overpriced and underwhelming concession that moved at a snail’s pace. The man entertaining the crowd and becoming winded as the DJ played the extended version of a James Brown song. WDAS FM radio personality Patty Jackson’s announcement:   […]

Volunteer. Like a Boss


About three weeks ago, I received an unsolicited email from a young man who got my name from the library. His message explained that he would begin work in September in DC, and he wanted to fill his time before he began work. We made an appointment for him to meet the class, and he […]

Switching To Verizon Fios

Gaming The Day Away with Verizon Fios

Switching to Verizon Fios was not an easy decision. I had to convince The Mister, who eschews change like I do regular exercise, that nothing would disrupt his ESPN or Comcast Sports. The only thing that would be different would be the channel line up. See, we were with our last provider for ten years […]