About the Author

Dana M. Rosser is a native of Akron, Ohio, and a graduate of The University of Akron. She is a speaker and the author of “Thru Thick and Thin: Facing Obesity Thru the Eyes of a Loved One.” Dana has appeared on the Dr. Oz show and the Today Show.

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  1. so beautiful, all your shares. I love how we can cross the cultural lines, love one another, and share (learn) about each other, respect differences. our traditions and cultural differences make us unique which is so good but also to embrace differences and not make everyone conform to one way. you are a beautiful soul!

  2. This was a great story. I wish world peace could be that life changing. May it is possible over a plate of comfort food and respectful communication.

  3. This story just touched my heart. Cornbread is a food that is a go to for whatever mood I’m in, a dish that is high on my list of top favorites and something my grandmothers put their own spin on. I love how it served as a dish for change, exchange and love.

  4. I enjoyed your story. If we could all just take the time to listen to each other we would find out we have more in common than differences.

  5. I love this story. I always keep a box of Jiffy handy and my Mama’s little skillet ready.
    Thank you. Owen is a lucky guy.
    From a soul sister in Leland North Carolina❤️

  6. I loved this story and how Food and fellowship can be a place where cultural diversity and good conversation and relationships are created.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Reading this wonderful heartfelt story warmed my soul! It’s a story that should be shared across every media platform because it exemplifies love and unity in the purest form!
    Thank you Dana for sharing with beautiful story! 🫶🏽

    • Thank you so much my BFF!! This experience made me want to be even more intentional on how I interact with people with diverse backgrounds…this truly blessed my entire soul.

  8. The beauty of this story is matched ONLY by its timing! Zora said that the “oldest human longing – self revelation” and this is certainly exemplified here. Dana, this is a touching reminder of the power of love, the joy of sharing, and the freedom found in acceptance!

  9. If there ever was a time that this story needs to be shared with ISREAL fighting for its life the world need to take a step back and read this and don’t forget to pray

  10. Oh Dana,
    What a beautiful story. I know your grandma Mary would be bursting with pride, because I know I am.
    Love you so much…
    Aunt Vonnie

  11. What a beautiful story Dana! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    Keep changing the world, one pan of cornbread at time.

  12. Wow! Great article! I also add a little love to Jiffy mix when I’m not making my cornbread from scratch.You have taken me taken me back. I still make hot water cornbread to this day. My mom taught me and her mom her. It’s generational.

  13. This article was an absolute joy to read. You really brought home how a pan of cornbread can transcend culture and build a bridge of understanding and love.

    ! Absolute Best Regards!

  14. Loving the “magic” of all of the lessons that are throughout your story, Dana. You are right. The simplest acts of kindness and inclusivity can change the world.

  15. Good story and great read Dana!…Owen will remember his time with you all for the rest of his life!. Yes, food brings people together whether they sit at your table or you simply share a recipe. LOVE THIS!❤️

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