Whores & Wives XXV

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX,XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV “I wish you were here to tell me what to do…” I took another swig from Carmen’s engraved flask and continued spilling my soul. “…you knew how to handle stuff like this. You know how to make things better.”                 I sat atop of Carmen’s grave, nothing but the … Continue reading Whores & Wives XXV

Whores & Wives XXIV

Previously on Whores & Wives:  I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII “I can’t continue to go on like this; living these lies, navigating these webs of deception….my life is falling apart!” I sobbed in Dr. Sanchez’s office. “Well, we knew this was coming. We tried to tackle it head on, but it’s okay that we did not. It’s too late … Continue reading Whores & Wives XXIV

Whores & Wives XV

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV “Do whatever you can to make this go away, even if that boy is telling the truth she was coerced into it.” I spoke in a firm voice, arms folded across my chest. “You know I … Continue reading Whores & Wives XV

Whores & Wives XIII

Previously on Whores & Wives I, II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII I hung my head and traipsed through the hall where an elevator was waiting. I pressed the button for the garage and pulled my phone from my purse. ARE YOU AVAILABLE TODAY? I NEED A FULL BODY SPECIAL. I … Continue reading Whores & Wives XIII

Whores & Wives XII

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI "She’s the kind of woman who always covers her tracks. Trust me, she’s cooking up something in retaliation right now, I can feel it. I don’t know what it is, but I know she won’t stop until she makes … Continue reading Whores & Wives XII

Whores & Wives [XI]

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X (note chapter x was updated with changes, you'll need to go back and read it again if you've read it already.) “I told you officers...” I said, sitting on the couch holding an ice pack to my head. “I’m pretty … Continue reading Whores & Wives [XI]

Whores & Wives [X]

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX It’d been a week since the funeral and I still hadn’t returned to work. Instead, I saw the girls off to school, Derrick Michael off to work, and I climbed back in bed with the goal of remaining undisturbed. Except my … Continue reading Whores & Wives [X]

Whores & Wives by Trista Daniell

“You’re sleeping with my husband!” It was 9:42 AM on a Wednesday, and my best friend was screaming this most horrible accusation outside of my home. “I can’t believe you! You… dis…loyal… bitch!” She shouted while banging her fists against the heavy oak door. She hit with such force that I swore I felt the … Continue reading Whores & Wives by Trista Daniell

Don’t Heal Em’…They Don’t Wanna be Healed! #TristaDaniell

Not every person desires healing. Some prefer to be wounded because wounds create sympathy and sympathy, attention. The addiction to attention in this world is such that some will go the the extreme to ensure attention remains on them - even if that means suffering. For some, the pleasure is in the attention that's showered … Continue reading Don’t Heal Em’…They Don’t Wanna be Healed! #TristaDaniell

#StopTheGuiltTrips by #TristaDaniell

The ONLY people who get upset with you for reserving your energy to invest in your goals are those who, more often than not, failed to reserve energy to invest in their own. Envy and insecurity manifest in many forms. Pay attention. You ever wanna know if someone really supports you, listen to what they … Continue reading #StopTheGuiltTrips by #TristaDaniell

OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!

Black [Sheep] & Proud by #TristaDaniell

My entire life has been OBSESSED with "fitting in". I was that #awkwardblackgirl in school. I was NOT popular. I was NOT invited to parties. I had very FEW friends. While I was semi-popular in the church youth group, it was a small church and I knew how to "play the game" to get the … Continue reading Black [Sheep] & Proud by #TristaDaniell

This Post is Gay: You know you wanna read it. 😏

I've seen waaaaay too much LGBT hate on my timeline and I am not for it. I stepped back from talking about LGBT issues, the Black community, and the church (specifically, predominantly Black churches), but maybe I need to start speaking again. Cause what y'all WON'T do is tell people like me we not welcome, … Continue reading This Post is Gay: You know you wanna read it. 😏

This ain’t no damn beauty pageant!

A couple of weeks ago I came across a post from the singer/dancer Ciara. Under the post, several people commented on how beautiful she is and many agreed. Then, one person turned the convo by comparing her to Beyonce.... From there, people began to argue sbout which of these beautiful black women was "better" based … Continue reading This ain’t no damn beauty pageant!

Are your prayers full of FAITH or fear?

If/when you pray: Be careful of praying under the influence of fear. There is power in confession. I confess, for the bulk of my life I've lived under a cloud of fear. Every single decision I made during that time was made our of fear - fear of lack, fear of being alone, fear of … Continue reading Are your prayers full of FAITH or fear?

Shut THA $%!@*&^ UP, SOMETIMES…GEESH 🙄 #TristaDaniell

We LOVE shutting someone else up (or down) but let someone tell us we need to be quiet and watch the bulk of us react like bratty little toddlers who saw their mom giving another kid attention. Lord forbid!! 🙄 Most of the drama/setbacks in our lives start with someone's mouth; and much too often, … Continue reading Shut THA $%!@*&^ UP, SOMETIMES…GEESH 🙄 #TristaDaniell

Whores & Wives XXVII

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX,XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI “Barnard promised not to say anything until I’ve had a chance to talk to Derrick Michael.” I said twirling my coils with my index finger, trying to figure out a way to ask Ameya to upend her life and custody of my kids. “Good.” She sipped a homemade … Continue reading Whores & Wives XXVII

Whores & Wives XXVI

Previously on Whores & Wives: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX,XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV Barnard’s reaction to the news of Catina being his daughter lulled me into a false sense of courage. Before I knew it, I’d accepted Dr. Sanchez’s offer to speak with the detective she’d brought in. Soon after, I was sitting in her office telling this…stranger…everything I knew, and a … Continue reading Whores & Wives XXVI