Author Archives: Cynthia Bond Hopson

Here’s a cheer for Great Dads!

When Olivia Michelle Burgess arrived June 11, at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, her father and my nephew, Wesley Everett Burgess, announced her triumphant arrival and held her proudly so her whole generation could admire her and bask in his delight. … Continue reading

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Surely We Can Do Better

A recent article about immigrant children being separated from their families brought the conversation about immigration center stage for me. I’ve been saying yes, we need better and more fair and equitable legislation and policies. I’ve been whining about yes, … Continue reading

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Misbehavin’ at college graduations is not OK

Celebrations during commencement ceremonies have become a sad excuse for pride in academic achievement and our accomplished graduates deserve better.

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Cinderella is to Blame

Cinderella is to blame. If she hadn’t married the prince and ridden off into the sunset to live happily ever after, we probably wouldn’t be so fascinated with the handsome young prince with multiple names and the beautiful princess or … Continue reading

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School Shootings – We’re Going About This All Wrong

Sadly more children have died at the hands of a school shooter this week and we seem helpless to intervene/prevent these much too-frequent occurrences. We’ve boycotted the National Rifle Association, we’ve legislated, we’ve marched against school shootings, we’ve lobbied and … Continue reading

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The least We Can Do is Make Our Mom Proud

My mother, Mrs. Alvis Marie Jones Bond, doesn’t cry when she’s happy, or gush over things like I do. Trust me, I cry at mushy notes, sappy movies, sweet songs on the radio—whatever strikes me that day. And yes, when my … Continue reading

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Do it Now!

Live Until You Die & Then Die Boldly! I loved and admired Dr. Johnetta Walker Neal and I told her so often. I‘m so glad I did because she died unexpectedly last Wednesday, not much more than a week after … Continue reading

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It’s Spring – Let’s Celebrate!

I love snow days stuck inside watching Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Big Valley and Bonanza better than anybody I know, but if it’s snowmen or daffodils and robins, it’s absolutely a no-brainer! I love everything about spring—the hope that seems … Continue reading

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The Ten Best Pieces of Advice I Ever Took

The Best Advice I Ever Took… I’m just full of good advice these days. How do I know? Because I’m 62, I’ve been reading *Dear Abby for almost 55 years and because I try to listen and learn from every … Continue reading

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Happy Everything Month!

February is an awesome collection of 28 days so for the next 20 or so days, I say let’s celebrate in a significant way! We have at least a million excuses—it’s Heart Health and Black History Month, there’s Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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