A step away from the soup kitchen

Lucy the Chihuahua

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours volunteering at Village Temple's soup kitchen.  Although I've made volunteering to help the less fortunate a part of my life over the past 12 months, it was my first time at a soup kitchen. I was shocked to see some of the hungry looked just like you and me. There was a well-dressed, 50ish white man with a computer bag. I know the bag contained a computer because he accidentally hit with me it and I know what a computer feels like. There was a somewhat … [Read more...]

“No Excuses” not to go to the gym

Lucy the Chihuahua and Nelly

Every year so many of us begin the new year with the promise of working out on a regular basis.  But it's so easy to come up with excuses not to go to the gym. It's too cold. It's too hot. It's too rainy. It's too sunny. I'm too fat and feel uncomfortable. It's too far. I don't have any time. I have to walk the dog. Oh, I don't have a dog. Well, I have to go buy a dog. It's time to stop. Yesterday I watched Kyle Maynard on CNN. You've probably heard of Kyle since he's been in the news for at … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!!!

Well, we've almost made it through another year. One day I'll summon the courage to do Times Square on New Year's Eve - when the nighttime temperature is in the 50s. Just last week it was 56 degrees at 11 p.m. so it could happen. Bringing in the new year in Times Square is a tradition that dates back to 1904 and is one of those things that every New Yorker should be required to do before they turn 50. Really 30, but I say 50 because I want to believe that I'm still young enough at heart to do … [Read more...]

Am I disrespecting the Prez-elect?

I love the name Barack. It's so unique. So masculine. So strong. Just like Barack Hussein Obama himself. When I'm referring to him to my friends, I often say, "Barack, blah, blah, blah." I notice other people do. One woman recently posted a comment on my blog on Essence.com asking that we stop calling Barack by his first name because it is disrespectful. She says we don't call Sen. McCain "John" and she's right. Yet it's like comparing apples and oranges. There are a slew of Johns out there but … [Read more...]

Obviously it’s a baby if a woman just gave birth

I'm on my soapbox today not to rant about unwed Bristol Palin giving birth to a baby but because I saw the headline, "Bristol Palin has a baby boy" on Yahoo. I also heard those words echoed on the local ABC affiliate. I want to shout, "Stop it!" whenever I read about a mother giving birth to a baby girl or a baby boy. We know it's a baby. Have you ever heard of a woman giving birth to a toddler? A pre-teen? A geriatric? No, of course not! So why does everyone feel the  need to preface the sex … [Read more...]

Paying homage to Eartha Kitt

Jetsetter with a petsetter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOMmSbxB_Sg Everybody should have an anthem. Mine is Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby." You don't have to be a gold-digger to appreciate lyrics like: Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me.... Santa honey, I want a yacht and really that's not a lot.... Santa cutie, there's one thing I really do need, the deed, to a platinum mine.... Santa honey, forgot to mention one little thing, a rrrrring. I don't mean on the phone, Santa honey. It's … [Read more...]

I’m not a germ-a-phobe but …

Some women love winter because they can wear an array of coats. Others have different hats for every day of the week. I relish this time of year because I can wear gloves, which to me serve a dual purpose. Not only do they keep my hands toasty but reduce the number of germs I'm exposed to by touching a pole on a subway. I just wish I could get away with wearing gloves indoors as well. I am flabbergasted at how insensitive people are when it comes to extending their hands to someone. They think … [Read more...]

Ghetto or practical?

kelly e carter

I was appalled when I looked out of my kitchen window yesterday and saw a makeshift refrigerator on the window sill of a neighbor's apartment a few yards away. Egg nog, poultry and who knows what else adorned the window sill in the 24 degree weather. I'm sorry but this is ghetto! But it's what I have come to expect living in Harlem, where I reluctantly moved last May. For all the hoopla over the gentrification of Harlem, it still has so very far to go. I speak as an outsider, not someone who … [Read more...]

A promotion for Marsha!

I thought about blogging about my thoughts on what in the heck qualifies Caroline Kennedy to be my U.S. Senator, other than the fact that she might be able to raise a few pennies for my cash-poor state. But then I got sidetracked with the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush. I wondered how this would affect journalists at press conferences in the future. Will we have to remove our shoes and check them at the door? One of the co-hosts on "The View" said this shoe-throwing … [Read more...]

Welcome to Kelly’s Korner

Welcome to my blog. I feel like I've finally stepped into the 21st century. For someone who has disdained the word "blog" for so long, it's still a little hard to believe that I now blog. Just like I shake my head every time I realize that Barack Obama really was elected President of the United States. But this isn't about politics. It's about me, my favorite subject, and Lucy, who well, can't get away from me. She'll have her own blog in time but for now it's just me. I'll keep you up to date … [Read more...]