The news stories I dread the most. Saugus High School, Santa Clarita. Innocent students, Gracie Anne Muehlberger (15) and Dominic Blackwell (14), fatalities in yet another preventable, senseless, school shooting at the hands of a peer with a gun.
As a mom, this story is my WORST fear. Please be aware . . . RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. I tell Peanut to defy teacher instructions to store her phone away in a remote locker. Her phone MUST be close and powered-on at ALL TIMES; just leave it on vibrate I say.
As if navigating middle-school academic and social demands aren’t enough, I frequently [as casually as possible] remind my child to identify potential escape routes and classroom hiding places.
I say a prayer when she leaves me every morning. I smile with relief when she returns to me every evening.
We are sick of thoughts and prayers. We are exhausted with sound bites, political posturing and protests. I am personally sick of 2nd Amendment Rights rhetoric. SAVE IT.
In a country so politically and morally divided, the one thing we should ALL be capable of agreeing on is that FEAR HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS.
Children do not deserve to die. Families and communities do not deserve to suffer in the aftermath. Survivors do not deserve the PTSD, anxiety and depression that often follows.
We are beyond NEVER AGAIN. We are beyond ENOUGH. Stop talking. ACT NOW.
Progress has not come easy or without sacrifice. I often remind my children [and myself] of the HIGH cost paid for our right to access educational opportunities. Our privilege, although still impacted by race disparity and denied equity, has not been free.
I am Luckie Daniels, a Senior Technology Program Manager living in my hometown of Atlanta.
Because who I am professionally is readily available via my resume, LinkedIn profile (linkedin.com/in/luckiedaniels) and personal website at beluckie.com, I want to speak to who I am beyond my digital and paper footprint.
I am a mature worker. For the second time this year I have lost my tech job as a senior manager due to being 50+ years old. I rock at what I do and am considered an expert in my field. As a seasoned Program Manager I’ve lead the implementation of many successful IT projects and products. I know how to get the job done and still get excited by the challenges [and opportunities] presented by evolving technology. Being 50+ years old with 20 years of industry experience is NOT my handicap, it is my gift.
I am a proud, single mother. I am mom to 3 BEAUTIFUL children and 2 of them depend on me to be employed and committed to helping them achieve the bright future they deserve. I want to see my son complete his Philosophy, Politics and Law undergraduate degree and advance to law school. I want to support my 7th grade track star daughter in achieving her dream of attending Spelman College to study Engineering in 2024. I have no time for unemployment. I must continue working for their future and mine.
I am a community servant. It’s simple, I am at my best when applying my skills to help others. Doing work that matters matters to me. In 2016 I co-designed SEESAY (seesomethingsaysomething.today), an award winning teen suicide prevention app and in 2018 implemented FUELSTEAM (fuelsteam.org), a DC Public Schools “Excellence through Equity” funded STEM initiative in Ward 5 elementary schools. If equity, inclusion and community service matter to you, I am here for it.
I am a dream believer. I am not finished. I’m committed to investing in our individual and collective human potential. I plan to travel and explore the world. And down the road, I look forward to enjoying my FUTURE grandbabies and a retirement filled with farmland, free-range chickens and happiness.
Hire me. I am Luckie and I bring many gifts to the table.
And to my former manager who frequently referred to me as a “marathoner among sprinters“, thank you.
Slow and steady wins the race baby! #JustKeepRunning
“I have always included minority characters in my stories, often as heroes. We live in a diverse society — in fact, a diverse world, and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other.” — Stan Lee . . . #EverUpward ♥️
:: inspired caricature by William Jeovah de Medeiros, Brazil ::
Making a deliberate [mental health] choice today to forgo CNN (I need a minute) in favor of taking my mind, heart and body on a ride with my mini-me, Pinky . . . let’s ASCEND . . . and trust better, brighter days are ahead. Big ups to Janet of VACATION Balloon Company for making our morning!
Prayers of peace and ease . . . good people everywhere . . . #KEEPTHEFAITH 💗
If ever there was a time to celebrate, support and applaud our girls, it is now! In celebration of Day of the Girl, thanks New York Times for giving us a glimpse of what being 18 looks like around the world with #ThisIs18!
“I will vote. I will fight for us, all of us. It is a big charge and a big responsibility for our generation. We are going to be loud and recognized and influential.” – Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino, Washington, D.C.
A simply amazing, breathtaking and educational interactive experience! Can’t wait to share it with the special girl I’m celebrating today . . . my magical “Pinky”.