Autism, ADHD, and the African American Community

Oftentimes, in the African American community, we hear the words “Autism” and “ADHD” and immediately negative images come to mind. As a mental health professional and the mom of 2 amazing sons, one of whom has autism and the other has ADHD, part of my life’s work is to show there are other facets of…

It’s Okay Not To Be Ok

I am exhausted. I am tired. I am weary. I am struggling. These words are hard to write, hard to see on my phone screen, hard to experience. These words are also liberating, comforting, and exhilarating. They are my words, so let me explain. 2020 came in like a flood. Our family experienced a significant…

Confessions of a Mom of an Adult With Autism

A couple of weeks ago, I went shopping with one of my best friends. We have known each other for at least 30 years. We were college roommates our entire time in school. We got married days apart and had our first sons only months apart. My friend Tamala and I, as adults (top) and…

Monday Affirmation with KP

This affirmation is for those whom have found themselves “playing small”, “playing dumb”, or otherwise shrinking themselves in order to please a person or group of people. The right “circle”, “front row folks”, support system, etc., will encourage your greatness, remind you of how awesome you are when you doubt yourself, and keep you covered…

What’s Keeping You Grounded?

I have been asked a few times, “KP, how are staying sane (happy, straight, calm, making it, etc.) through these trying times. My answer is simple and not simple at the same time: 1) I’m reading the Word more, along with other inspirational works. They remind me to trust my Creator and leave all my…

More Ruth for Daily Living

Lately, I have made up in my mind that I would work on not being so easily offended, be less defensive, and have more empathy. So, as it usually goes in KP's World, when I say I'm going to improve in an area, I am IMMEDIATELY given an opportunity to improve. A person made a…

One of the Most Memorable “Ruthisms” ever….

This probably sounds weird, but one of the most memorable "Ruthisms" for me is this - "Keischa, always pay your bills on time, even if you only have gas and food money left. And always have good credit." And I was a teenager when she told me that!!! Sadly, I have not always adhered to…