Time for Salsa Reform


I desperately want to be a successful gardener. It is a bit embarrassing to admit the level of euphoria green growing things emit on my life. I am a freaky tree hugger who cannot but help touching leaves, smelling flowers, sitting in amazement at new blooms. There is something so idyllic about walking out your … Continue reading Time for Salsa Reform

Grief and the magic trick of peripheral vision


I write. a lot. I used to share almost all of them. But not of late. How many sad things can you write about before your friends stage an intervention? Or just stop reading? It happened again today. But at work. All the things are that are just below the surface threatened to bubble over … Continue reading Grief and the magic trick of peripheral vision

30, no actually, 81 Things That Make Me Smile


This list took some doing. I had to really think about what I really like. I found some inspiration on my Pinterest page, my Spotify account, and my IMDB page which help create a list of 30 things that make me smile. After that the things that make me smile started just pouring out. Comment … Continue reading 30, no actually, 81 Things That Make Me Smile

A return to the inkwell


I have a healthy obsession with words. I have always loved how sounds make letters, letters make words, words make sentences, sentences eventually make a story. I have a lot of words and questions and stories in my head. They just haven't had a chance to make it out of my head lately. However, they … Continue reading A return to the inkwell

When does it stop?


I am spitting out sentences and questions today. 22 killed in El Paso. More than two dozen injured. 9 people killed in Dayton. 26 injured. 7 people killed in Chicago. 46 injured. The St. Louis murder count now stands at 203 after four deadly shootings in North City this weekend. When does it stop? It … Continue reading When does it stop?

Not all who are lost should be found right away


Ok, true confession. I know it stresses some of you out that I hike by myself. Particularly on new trails, I haven't explored. Sooooo, I feel like you need to know I did it again today. And look! It turned out ok! I am still here to tell you about it! No bear got me. … Continue reading Not all who are lost should be found right away

Of course in the face of tragedy


Of course, it is human nature when tragedy strikes that we collectively ask "why." Why did this happen? Why didn't someone do something? Why would God allow this? I know I have asked a million questions over the past few days after receiving a horrific call telling me that Taylor was gone. I have tried … Continue reading Of course in the face of tragedy

Dear Princess,


Dear Kayleigh, How is it possible that you are two years old now? It seems just like this morning I was holding after you made your less than three-minute labor into the world. It's probably weird to hear this but did you know I was dreaming about you three years before you were even born? … Continue reading Dear Princess,

LUV Doctor


Conversations have never come easy for me in the fact I don’t have a lot of filters. I decided when I was younger it was better to keep what I was really thinking to myself but then cloak what I did say in thinly veiled passive-aggressive sarcasm and humor. That unconscious tactic often put me … Continue reading LUV Doctor