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Going through a break-up is akin to getting murdered but living through it. When people describe heartache as a physical pain, they’re not exaggerating. When I first sat down to write this blog, nearly 10 weeks ago, I was feeling it intensely. I battled myself over and over about whether or not to share the story about the break up, because having yourself (metaphorically) ripped open and laid bare feels like it should accompany an […]

The Validation of a Broken Heart

In the spring of 1987, I was fortunate to experience the birth of two new cousins. I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember the details. One cousin was a boy, Michael, born to my father’s sister – so we were real cousins. After him, I wouldn’t have another male cousin born for more than seven years. Naturally, we were expected to be close. And for a couple of years, and based on the […]

What’s Meant to Be

By David Berry: The dust is settling on the biggest event in boxing history, with the anticipation of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown clearly in our rearview. Five plus years of anticipation culminated in a 12 round world title unification bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And one thing is certain – the answer regarding which talent was the best of his era was emphatically answered on Saturday […]

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Aftermath

This week, I “celebrate” the 12 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past sevenyears. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.” No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty sure […]

12 Years Later: April 4, 2003

By the time I was 16, I had learned that there was a meaning behind each of the looks that appeared on my mother’s face. She’d always been animated that way, and needless to say, she’d have a rough go at a poker game.

The Ripple Effect

I’ve called my mother every night on my way home from work for the past 10 years. This day was no different. The anticipation I often felt, though, had been replaced with an ominous feeling the past several months. Each night, I was also hearing an update on the health of my ailing grandmother, who had been fighting a losing battle with kidney cancer since August. I knew bad news was a possibility. I prepared […]

When We Say Goodbye

In early September, I had the privilege of ushering my friends Allison and Sam into marriage. I’ll never forget the moment they joined as one, and I smile thinking that I helped them do it. That day, I shared a Bible verse with them about love. Typically, explaining love is a mostly fruitless venture, but at least when you use words from the good book, you’ve at least got 2,000 years of street cred at […]

The Definition of Love

In 2006, I’m pretty sure I was the coolest, most successful person in Dade County. And on earth. After all, I had just become the first college graduate in my family, and I’d landed an entry-level job doing search marketing for a boss-level salary of $30K. I could practically smell retirement. My ego was bigger than Kanye’s, too, because I’d pulled it all off by the age of 21. Aren’t you impressed?

I’m Turning 30

This week, I “celebrate” the 11 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past six years. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.”

11 Years Later: April 4, 2003

After nine plus years of calling Miami home, and occasionally joining in on the “Miami bashing,” I’m prepared to finally take a public stance and say that I, in fact, truly love this city. And I’ve seen a lot of it – I’ve lived in the Fontainebleau area that borders Doral(zuela), lived on the edge of the Everglades, bounced over to Coconut Grove, then Coral Gables, then Little Havana (yes, a theoretical step back), then […]

9 Reasons Miami is Magnificent