A guide to all of my stories
I began writing on Medium in May. Here is a list of all of my articles in the order I published them.
Technically this was not the first article I wrote. I imported it from my blog and revised it, but it was published with the original post date and got lost in the shuffle. I think it was a good article, so I wish I had completely re-written it.
My first attempt at anti-racism. It’s concise and from my heart.
Black people are dying because those of us who benefit from white privilege don’t want to step out of our comfortable…
This one I regret a little because it caused some friction in my family. I meant it to be light-hearted, but politics and racism are more significant than I thought.
What Type of Facebook Posts are Racist?
How disagreement can cause tension in a close-knit family.
I wrote this about my nephew and nieces, and it received 10,000 views on a local news site. That may be the last piece I do for free!
One Hometown — Alternate Realities
He never really felt he belonged, except on the team. And they called him a “Token”.
I wrote this in frustration after conflicts on Facebook.
If You Think You Are Unbiased, You’re Fooling Yourself
I feel it is important that we (white people) are honest with ourselves, and name our biases, as a first step to racial…
I based my next article on personal frustration. It hasn’t received many views, but I think it was a good piece.
Does It Have To Be Either/Or?
These are my children and a few of their cousins. Some are biracial, some support Black Lives Matter, and some are in…
I’m pleased with my first curated article and the best-performing to date.
I Didn’t Think I Was Racist When I Voted for Trump. Then I Woke Up.
How I’m working to be part of the solution.
This story is about how the pandemic has caused us to be in a fight or flight mode, which has affected our beliefs.
Maintaining a Sense of Security — At All Costs
We Believe the Narrative That Makes Us Feel Safest
A lament about all of the anger on social media and its effect on us. I was proud of it, but it has only had eight views.
Today I Grieve for our Pre-COVID Lives
I worry that life will never be close to the same again.
I spent a lot of time on this story, and I didn’t get visibility. Maybe it will get a second life someday.
The Emperor’s New Clothes: 2020 Edition
How a classic folktale is being played out in the Oval Office
Here is my bio for Medium.
Hello! I’m Danell Black
I’ve always loved writing, but it took 24 years and the death of my husband to find my voice again.
These are songs that mean a lot to me.
The Top 5 Songs on my Grief Playlist
Songs that made me cry, scream, and reminisce during difficult days
A revision of a story I wrote on my husband’s death anniversary. I was happy with how it turned out.
When Grief Interrupts Your Perfectly Planned Life
How I learned to move forward after the sudden death of my husband.
Below is one of my favorite stories. We had a great day and made beautiful memories!
Eight reasons I will always remember the hike that started near the nude beach.
And why it will always make me think of Robin Williams.
I wrote this after I saw a poorly written apology.
I used another writing prompt for the story below. I had fun watching the TED talks and writing about them!
My Six Favorite TED Talks And Why They Spoke To Me
Role models can be found in obscure places, and TED brings them together
I used a writing prompt for this one too. I had no trouble finding Black writers to spotlight, but I might have included too many! I’ve only had six views!
The Voices That We All Need To Hear
If you want to be part of the solution, the first step is to understand the problem
I wrote this poem shortly after my husband, Patrick, died. I found it recently and thought I would publish it.
I updated one of my blog posts for Medium. It’s about signs I believe I received from Patrick.
Who doesn’t have Zoom fatigue? I’m on it all day long, and it’s beginning to wear on me.
I Have Zoom Fatigue and a Rapport Problem
Zoom counseling exposes my wrinkles and resting angry face
A writer challenged me to write this fun story about neologisms. I joined a project designed to create new words.
I wrote this story when I found myself explaining Patrick’s death in a lot of my stories. It’s a big part of who I am, but it sounded repetitive. Writing about my worst day allowed me to tell my story once and then add a link in future stories.
Another one of my favorite stories! Agador (Aggie) was the best little guy! We were sad to lose him a year after Patrick, and we will never forget him!
Medium curated one of my articles for the second time. I wrote it after laughing at the irony that the people I used to unfollow were liking and commenting on my stories.
With this story, I intended to point out that social media has the power to make you really happy or really sad. When I become obsessed with it, it’s time to take a break.
When Social Media Is Like A Split Personality
If it’s messing with your mind, it’s time to take a break!
Everywhere we look, someone is missing out on something. You can wallow in pity or pick yourself up and move forward!
What Dreams Has The Pandemic Stolen From You?
And will you let the disappointment define your life?
Another updated blog story. This one makes me laugh.
The story of my brother helping my husband reconnect with his mother. I wrote this while visiting her at her home in Paradise, CA.
How A Devastating Fire Ended An Estrangement
Fire destroys, but the Camp Fire rekindled the relationship between a mother and son.
While I was writing the story above, another fire broke out. This one was close to home.
From One Record-Setting Fire To Another
California is ablaze again; this time, it’s close to home.
A quick read about a funny interaction with Google Voice.
Dear Google Voice, I Need To Have A Word With You!
Your transcriptions are hilarious and misleading!
I’ve been focusing on self-care, and I thought it would be nice to share my tips.
Self-Care To Get You Through The Pandemic
These are stressful times. Taking care of yourself is vital.
My first published story in Reading Rhombus, which gives you the challenge of highlighting four writers.
Please read this before taking offense to the title. I’m a Christian, too, and hypocritical actions turn me off.
Identifying As Christian Doesn’t Give You A Free Pass
I will know you are Christian by your actions.
I had read several articles discussing Donald Trump, displaying signs of fascism, so I decided to highlight four pieces.
Should I Be Worried About Fascism Coming To America?
The warnings are coming from all directions and all four corners of Medium.
The last time both of the girls were visiting, we laughed about the texts or calls I get from Sierra late at night. I said I should write about them and she, surprisingly, permitted me!
The Often Hilarious Requests For Help From My Daughter.
And why she’s going to be just fine.
Nancy Saltzman’s book is significant to me. I’ve mentioned it in blog posts, but I wanted to write a story specifically about it.
This Book Gave Me The Strength To Survive
Nancy Saltzman is a Radical Survivor who went through an unimaginable tragedy. Her story gave me hope.
This is an infamous story that I wanted to preserve in writing!
You Should Never Drive The Kids To School In Your Pajamas!
If you are an adult, don’t go anywhere in your pajamas!
I was really missing Disneyland and normalcy in general when I wrote this.
This Is Why We Need Something To Look Forward To
Positive anticipation is good for us, and I want to know when I can go to Disneyland!
My daughter Camille started writing. I may be biased, but she is outstanding!
Weaponizing divorce is a long-time pet peeve of mine. Parents who use their children as pawns in a divorce are sad people.
I can be ridiculous at times. For some reason, I like walking half-marathons without doing a lot of training!
How To Train To Walk A Half-Marathon
If you don’t mind risking injury and possibly damaging friendships.
I wrote this after a writing prompt. The first publication I joined, Illumination, created a spin-off publication, Illumination Curated. The new publication has higher editorial standards, and writers in the first publication were asked to submit articles for inclusion in the original publication.
Self-nominated Stories by Danell teNyenhuis Black
My best stories selected from ILLUMINATION
I wrote this article after the irony of watching the antics of Trump during a week he proclaimed as “Character Counts Week.”
Yes, Mr. President, Character Does Count.
Using the six pillars of character to choose our next president.
Another story that I needed to preserve in writing!
The Time My Wardrobe Malfunctioned During An Interview
And the hilarious follow-up.
My last plea to Trump voters
My first article in Invisible Illness, a publication I hope to continue writing in as I become a more experienced counselor.
I wrote a second mini-bio for the editor of a new publication devoted to About Me stories. The publication is a great place to find writers you might be interested in following.
About Me — Danell teNyenhuis Black
Widow, Mother, Wife, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
The story below is a combination of personal experience, insight gained from my counseling, and wisdom gained from being a counselor. It’s also deeply personal.
Being A Perfectionist Does Not Mean What I Thought It Did
My failures had more to do with my expectations than reality.
I decided to write a public service announcement as we experience a new toilet paper shortage.
I received unexpected feedback from a former coworker. The input was painful, but something I needed to hear.