Author: Shanny the Granny

Speechless: Miss New York 2012

Not often am I speechless. Don’t get me wrong, over the years I have learned to hold my tongue when my older brother pokes fun at me in front of his good-looking friends and have discovered the beauty of a text that can be sent in one single message (pre-iPhone, of course), but communicating my emotions- both good and bad- has never been an issue for me. Then a funny thing happened on Saturday night, January 12, 2013. I lost my words. I was sitting in an apartment in Harlem with six strangers and one friend while watching the Miss America Pageant. These seven people...

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I’ve had a few people ask me to send them the eulogy I read at my mom’s funeral last week, so I thought I’d share it with everyone in hopes that we can all remember how truly amazing she was: Many people say that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I think it’s safe to say that in this situation, that is not the case. We didn’t have to wait until my mom left us to recognize her extraordinary faith, genuine charm, breathtaking beauty, and selfless heart. My mom’s ability to light up her patients’ classrooms,...

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One of my favorite things to think about (besides what life would be like if Velveeta Shells & Cheese were 10 calories per serving) is how every single individual has different perspectives and experiences. We may have shared beliefs, similar upbringings, and the same hobbies, but no one among us can ever fully understand any person’s life but his/her own. We live most of our lives alone, in the literal sense and in our heads. You walk or drive to work alone. You sit in your office alone. You daydream during class alone. You are reading this blog post...

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People surprise you a lot less when you don’t have expectations. Expectations of what strangers will be like in accordance with their clothing. Expectations of how your sibling will react to a question. Expectations of what your friends are willing to do for you. We’re conditioned to expect certain behavior, responses, and opinions based on prior experience. But what if we didn’t predict anything about another person? I like to think we’d all just get along. I’m not simply talking about stereotyping, though that may be interwoven in some circumstances. For example, I recently met someone with 28 tattoos,...

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The Truth About Beauty Pageants

Recently, I was at a house party and a friend of a friend I’d just met said, “So, maybe this is a rude question, but you do, like, beauty pageants, right?” First of all, you clearly know that I do pageants, so stop acting like you haven’t already stalked me on Facebook. Secondly, no, that’s not a rude question if you don’t ask it like I’m known for dropping stink bombs in the middle of church. I will admit that I don’t make a big to-do about my participation in pageants because of the stigma attached, but I do...

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