Pink and blue sunset at the beach, Summer 2013

Sunset sky with shades of pink and blue, over blue beach waters
Pink and blue sunset at the beach. Galveston, Texas, summer 2013. Photo by Vernitra © 2022.

I remember this summer evening. My family drove out to Galveston and spent some time walking on the beach and playing in the water. I remember sitting in a canvas folding chair on the sand, watching and listening to the Gulf waves and reading Crooked House by Agatha Christie.

Tiny moon, deep blue sky, July 2020

Tiny full moon and trees, against a backdrop of blue evening sky
Tiny moon, deep blue sky. An evening stroll, July 2020. Photo by Vernitra © 2022.

I wonder what filled my thoughts on this midsummer evening a couple of years ago, as I gazed up at the clear, deep blue sky. Most likely, I was listening to an audiobook while enjoying the calm darkness and warm evening air.

Bookshelf | In Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue paints a picture of struggling immigrant life in New York City

Cover of the book Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, featuring New York City building and cars, on a background of red, orange, yellow, brown, and black triangles.
Image source: https://www.imbolombue.com/behold-the-dreamers

Jende Jonga and his wife Neni are a hardworking Cameroonian couple eking out a living in Harlem. Jende, an undocumented immigrant, earns money driving a livery cab, and Neni, in the country on a student visa, works in domestic services while pursuing her college education. Though their days are filled with low-wage labor, and their living conditions are meager, Jende and Neni strive to make the best of their situation, in hope of a better future for themselves and their young son.

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