About Me

My Background

Life began in Richmond, Virginia, a former seat of the Confederacy. 

Life began the same year as the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education.

Life began segregated and became integrated in junior high school.

Life began with experiences which became inspirations for my poetry.

My Writing Tools

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Chalk
  • Keyboard
  • Google


My Style

SELFISH! 


I derive pleasure from exploring and expressing my thoughts on subjects with little or no regard of how those thoughts may be perceived and received by others.


I write for my own pleasure!


If a reader derives pleasure OR is exposed to new information OR their emotions and thoughts are provoked ... 

BONUS!

Influencing Experiences...

In the beginning...

Sheltered by loving parents, grandparents and other family and friends, I was unaware of the nastiness of segregation until I reached junior high school.


I thought my grandmother preferred sitting in the first seat behind the rear exit of the bus because it provided quick egress. That was OUR seat and I went straight for it whenever I rode the bus with her. Little did I know!


Albert H. Hill Junior High provided my first flagrant memories of bigotry as well as the experience of standing my ground!

Firsts...

  • One of 15 African Americans to charter first predominantly African American sorority at University of Virginia - Kappa Rho Chapter / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1973)
  • One of two African American contestants in Miss Chesterfield Beauty Pageant (1972)
  • Huguenot High School’s first African American Homecoming Queen (1971)
  • Huguenot High School’s first African American Varsity Cheerleader (1970)
  • One of six African American students to integrate Albert H. Hill Junior High School (1966)

And now...

I have experienced being the proverbial “only fly in the ointment” in corporate settings and have had my ethnicity questioned for no other reason than the position I held or the manner in which I carried myself and spoke.


Current events, history, and life experiences of being born and raised in a segregated community as well as my introduction to integration through education and employment are inspirations for my writing.

Favorite Quotes & Self-Interpretations!

Nikki Giovanni >>>

"Poetry keeps everyone from being lonely."

Y.B. Taylor

Writing poetry is an outlet for the words I dare not express when disappointed in myself or others.

Anonymous >>>

"Live each day as if it were your last. Tomorrow is not promised."

Y.B. Taylor

My first book of poetry was a "bucket list" item. I desired to leave more than a memory to my daughters.

Anonymous >>>

“Excuses are tools of incompetence, which build monuments of nothingness, and those who practice in their use are seldom capable of anything else.”

Y.B. Taylor

Every one has a voice. My voice and what I have to say may or may not be what others are thinking or wishing to say or hear! Giving life to my voice, I discover whether I stand with the majority, stand with the minority, or simply stand alone.