I have been so busy teaching students how to write that I have not kept my own creative juices flowing.
A year ago this month I learned that the end is really just the beginning turned inside out. My job as Senior Editor for EBONY was eliminated on May 30, 2014. I am thankful that I never abandoned my love for educating others or the desire to instill in them the importance of finding their voice. I always knew I would eventually return to the classroom, which is why I earned a doctorate. I tell my students to write as often as possible because it is therapeutic and can be cathartic. I am now following my own advice and turning my attention to the birth of my baby, DocM.A.C.’s Musings, a blog where I will share my journey since starting anew and navigating my way through this faith walk. You will get a glimpse of my random “soul lessons,” as I call them, covering a range of topics. When the spirit moves me, writing is my response.
During my nearly 20-year career at Johnson Publishing Company, for a decade I studied under the leadership of its founder, pioneering publishing magnate John H. Johnson. In 1995, he personally interviewed me, along with his daughter, Linda Johnson Rice, for a position as an assistant editor at Jet, the weekly news magazine affectionately known as the African-American “Bible.” I was charged with penning stories about celebrities, fashion, relationships, religion, health, education and human interest. A company reorganization took place in 2009 and I was moved to EBONY, the monthly sister publication. I became a senior writer and composed pieces about health but would later handle articles about icons in the section Legend or reflect upon illustrious historical moments in the section Retrospective. No matter what I touched, my deepest desire with every account was to accomplish five things: teach, touch, empower, inspire and uplift readers. That’s what I intend to continue doing here as I carry my torch of tenets to a different platform with my own thoughts.
Writing is my calling. Education is my ministry. Thanks for joining me as the doors of DocM.AC.’s Musings open. Keep the faith and always trust the process. #OnwardUpward