“Gem of the Ocean” originally comes from the title of August Wilson’s first play of his Pittsburgh Cycle. Wilson is my favorite playwright and “Gem of the Ocean” is one of the most powerful, spiritually-charged plays I’ve ever seen. Aside from the play connection, when I hear “Gem of the Ocean” I think of the pearl–my favorite gem, the gem of my sorority, and my name’s meaning. Pearls are so feminine, rare, and valuable. With the world as my oyster, I’m a pearl indeed! In all things, the moniker just fits!
I’m a bold 20-something year old postdoctoral fellow (PhD heaux!) living in the great Pacific Northwest, trying to decipher the meaning of life. Since starting this blog, I have found my better half, my sun and stars, my habibi, my person – through the innanets, no less lol. I’m almost never at a loss for words and enjoy each opportunity to share my thoughts with anyone willing to listen. I choose to be so open about what’s on my mind because I find it therapeutic to self-reflect aloud and share what I’ve learned with others so I am less inclined to make the same mistakes. “That’s What GEM Said” is my virtual journal where I can expose the many thoughts, feelings, and unsolicited opinions in this large, brilliant brain of mine. So… you’re welcome!