My Story as Told… at Mixed-Race Faces


‘Not location, not race and not the skin colour make the basis of a friendship or love but the heart and soul’. Yesterday, my story was featured @mixedracefaces. It is amazing to me that colour of one’s skin is a problem still and to so many… But then, on the other hand, it isn’t surprising because there are people out there who benefit from division. … Continue reading My Story as Told… at Mixed-Race Faces

Novel Writing Update – Story Time


“…but she did wonder if indeed one needed ‘all that money’. And if not, what did one need to be happy?” © Monika Ribeiro 2020 In a nutshell, my novel (in the making) titled “Everywhere & Always” is about the pursuit of happiness. And, you’ll probably agree that it’s almost impossible to explore happiness without addressing money… So, I decided to throw some of my … Continue reading Novel Writing Update – Story Time

One More Poem – Shielded Memories


I had said that while working on my novel I’d put the brakes on writing poetry. And, I have kept to that until now. However,on Wednesday, my friend/mentor’s body was cremated. I had been invited to say a few words at her funeral… Barbara was a big supporter of my poetry and often expressed her desire to be in the audience when I performed. Sadly, … Continue reading One More Poem – Shielded Memories

Let’s Make the Most of Our Time…


My 2019 ended… well… with passing away of one of my mentors and friends. Mine and other journalists’ tributes have just been published by the Voice News. And, I couldn’t start 2020 without acknowledging the impact this editor/publisher and friend had on my writing and life. “…Barbara Campbell trained me as a journalist while I was freelancing for Black Heritage Today and International Women’s Month magazines. She taught me … Continue reading Let’s Make the Most of Our Time…

Everywhere & Always – A Story Waiting to be Told


“It was one of those afternoons when the beautiful summer sun chased even zealous hermits out their four walls. All but one. Her curtains were closed all day. She didn’t notice the sun’s rays and her skin couldn’t feel its warmth…” Yes, there’s a new book in the making! The first draft is done. Yuppie! However,… Yes, there’s a however… I have a bunch of … Continue reading Everywhere & Always – A Story Waiting to be Told

7 Answers – Interview & Introduction


A few months ago, I was featured in “Seven Questions…” – a popular column of a UK based newspaper for the Polish diaspora. The interview format was quite unusual. I was given a number of one word/two-word questions to choose from and asked to develop answers based on whatever reflections they triggered in my mind. When the interview came out I promised my English-speaking readers … Continue reading 7 Answers – Interview & Introduction

Made of Many Worlds – Poem


I was born, brown-skinned and a black-eyed girl, Into a blue-eyed spot in this world – Blessed with black, thick and rather frizzy hair Where hair tends to be silky, smooth, mostly blond. . When I was a girl, maybe twelve years old, I would lay my head down, on the ironing board Because a real iron could tame my real hair… Benefits seemed great… … Continue reading Made of Many Worlds – Poem

Taking Happy Mental Pictures of the New Year!


  We spend so much time reminiscing good old and bad old days… That’s fine… It’s okay to look for motivation or lessons in days gone by. Having said that, why not spend at least the same amount of time visualizing our future… Once we’ve captured the beautiful picture of what we want to become we should lock it in our memory bank until it … Continue reading Taking Happy Mental Pictures of the New Year!

Keep Swimming – Poem


… A brief definition of a beach, by me – Soft & golden sand with a fresh breeze & the sea Yet, this shore, right here, without one grain of sand Is believed to be qualified. I believe, but not quite… … Well… Sea? Checked. Breeze? Checked. But then.., stones – and sooo haaard! ….. In my mind, there’s a memory of a soft & smooth beach Without the soft sand, … Continue reading Keep Swimming – Poem