Wendy Gladney

 “Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave” 

Sir Walter Scott said, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” This quote roughly translates to mean that when one acts dishonestly, they are initiating problems, and a domino structure of complications, that will eventually run out of control. Bottom line, when people act in a dishonest fashion, what they do in the dark will eventually come to light.  

The Measure of a Man 

Many have written books about men who are virtuous and embody strong values.  The quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” sums it up quite succinctly in my opinion.   

Honoring Every Part of Who You Are  

  Growing up as a bi-racial child today in America is not unusual, however when I was born in 1961, it was a new trend. Interestingly, children of mixed heritage have been with us since the beginning of time, but here in the United States, we have what is referred to as the one drop rule.     If you have even one drop of Black blood, you are considered Black. I was raised by my African American (paternal) side of the family and lived with my grandmother, affectionately known as Mother Dear.  My grandmother taught me to always hold my

What is it You Truly Know? 

I remember when I first subscribed to Oprah’s O Magazine and how I looked forward to reading the back of the magazine where there was a section Oprah called, “What I Know For Sure.” She eventually even wrote a whole book on the subject.  

Sending Kids To College 

This is the time of year when we take or send our kids to college. I can remember both the joy and sorrow of taking my daughter, Courtney, to Spelman and a few years later taking my son, Freddie, to the University of California at Irvine (UCI).  

Racism and Politics  

Over the years of having the privilege and pleasure of writing this column, I have limited voicing my thoughts and opinions about politics. Politics is not my expertise and I realize that it is a very volatile subject and many people have very personal and protective views on the subject. 

Here Comes the Judge 

Although there are still disparities and injustices in our society, we have recently experienced some significant milestones, especially when it comes to African American women in leadership positions within the federal government.   

When the Mentor Becomes the Mentee 

When you are blessed to have good people in your life, it can be difficult to decide who you want to write about or pay tribute to during National Women’s History Month.  However, there are always stars in the universe that shine so bright that there is no way you can miss their brilliance.   

Mother Dear 

My heart is full of joy and overflowing with gratitude every time I think about my maternal grandmother, Rebecca Ruth Reed Harris. For as long as I can remember, everyone she loved and that loved her, called her, “Mother Dear.”