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We spent days exploring the island, meeting family, visiting the graves of her great grandmother and other family matriarchs, seeing where I went to school, taking the routes I took as a child  navigating the neighbourhood,  and having the most amazing mother/daughter bonding experience I could imagine.  Countless times as we drove through the countryside I glanced  over at her and saw the look of contentment on her face and my heart smiled.  In all of these experiences I could see her connecting with her history, her people, her heritage.  This was important to her, and it meant the world to me to share in her personal journey.
On returning home I heard her share this was the best vacation she ever had, and I was overjoyed.  This meant the world to me to know that as she prepares to go off into the world on her own, she is that more secure in knowing who she is and  where she’s from.  This is an important aspect for our young people - their identity.  I believe too often they falter because there is no true sense of who they truly are.  Where are my roots, who are my people, what are the expectations based on my family’s history.  It’s powerful.  Giving them a glimpse into our humble beginnings in contrast to our accomplishments, is a demonstration of what it means to strive through hard work, dedication, discipline and grit.   As my daughter gets ready for her next chapter, I’m satisfied and comforted in knowing one thing for certain and that is she knows who she is.  She is self assured, she is confident, she is unapologetic, she is black, she is bold and she is Jamaican.

As my 17 year old daughter prepares to leave home for college this fall, I wanted an opportunity to do something very special with her.  I’ve been savoring these last months as I know soon she will be away from home, and the routine activities i’ve taken for granted for the last 17 years will no longer be the same.  It’s bittersweet because as much as I’ll miss her, I want her to go.  The lord blessed me with her, but she’s not mine to hold on to forever.   For the last several years, we have been preparing for this particular chapter - going off to college to become who you are destined to be in this world.  

She had never been to Jamaica, the land of my birth and what is and forever will be my home, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to take her to the rock -  island of Jamaica.  She was very excited to go, but only on one condition…...she will not stay at a resort.  What??!!!  Seriously?? Is there any other way to do a vacation?  But I fast realized she was very serious and adamantly so.  She would not be swayed.  I quickly realized her rational and truly respected and admired it.  She’s not a tourist and doesn’t want a filtered view of the true island experience.  She has spent enough time in major cities including  London, Paris, Normandy and others enjoying the finest accommodations.  It was time to experience her heritage in the purest sense and that’s exactly what we did.

We returned to my childhood home, and she settled right into my old bedroom and made herself at home.  The incessant mosquitoes that refused to be deterred by their repellant and bit her countless times could not budge her spirits with all the welts and water bumps that developed.  The broken water pipe down the block that rendered us without running water inside the house that resulted in us taking baths from buckets became an adventure.  The broken air conditioner that had us running the fan for the entire day that barely moved the hot air was neither here nor there to her.  It became hysterical when I noticed how our roles had quickly reversed with her telling me “don’t worry it’s not so bad” as the sweat streamed down my face and soaked my shirt and any and everything I could put my hands on became a handheld fan.  She was such a trooper.


MAY 2017

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How to Represent Yourself

 I want you to walk into the courtroom with confidence as a Pro Se litigant and that relates to your appearance.  Look the part!  That’s why I’m in love with Si_Mee_Collections because it is all about the impression you want to leave with other people.  This is not an awkward endorsement of the collection, but my honest opinion on the relationship of representing oneself in all situations.  You have to always ask the question - How do you want to represent yourself?  What are you showcasing to the world? This question is true whether you are in the courtroom or everyday life.
by M.Mack

The information presented is not legal advice and should not be acted on as such.


While most will always prefer an attorney to represent them, that is not always an option for some.  The common term among the court and attorneys for those who represents themselves is “Pro Se”, a Latin phrase meaning "for oneself" or "on one's own behalf".  Get familiar with this term because that is what you will be called in court. 
Tip 1:  Going before a Judge.  As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  This is not only in life, but this also applies to the courtroom.  Most judges are lenient when you represent yourself when it comes to the court rules.  However, there is an expectation from every judge that their courtroom is treated with respect and that includes your appearance before the judge.  I remember with pride my first year of law school when I purchased my first suit straight from Ann Taylor.  I swear, I think all the ladies in my law school went to the same store and purchased the same exact suit in black or dark navy blue, because we all looked like robots when we attended a law firm mixer with one of the biggest law firms in Philadelphia.  The mixer was such a big deal because this was a precursor to getting an interview for a summer associate position and law firms pay big even for the summer!  Here I am at this fancy mixer with all of my friends and we just blended together like one big boring blob of mini-drone wannabe attorneys with no personality.  I actually remember one of the female law firm partners asking if we all shopped at the same place...Embarrassing!  Now there was one person who stood out in the crowd.  To this day, I remember a 3rd year law student who had on a beautiful pink and brown tweed suit that was just stunning.  Guess who got an interview and hired as a summer associate?  Lesson learned - You can be still be professional and stand out in a crowd.  What did she do that the rest of us didn't do? Plain and simple, she represented herself with confidence.