“Tragedy is the great equalizer, and no individual, regardless of wealth or fame, can escape the challenge tragedy brings.” ~John Lewis Yesterday, on my social media pages, I shared my thoughts about yesterday’s mass shooting in Allen, Texas and made the decision to devote more energy to working directly with local leaders and less energy … Continue reading How Do We Act In This American Crisis?
When the past expands
As a teacher, I have been using my Summer time to do a great deal of reading and research. The fiction works I have read are a mix of contemporary and those written in the 19th and 20th centuries - from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to … Continue reading When the past expands
Thanksgiving: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Present
Like most of you, I have Thanksgiving memories rooted in tradition with my family. We watched football games, snuck chocolate turkeys that were meant for after the big meal, and grazed on handfuls of nuts and crackers until the full feast was finally served in the very late afternoon hours in a too-warm dining room. … Continue reading Thanksgiving: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Present
When I was much younger, I would stand on the side of the road watching the fireworks being launched off of “Luskin's Hill” just about a mile from my home. With each new sonic boom and brilliant blast of color, amidst the chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” that weaved through the crowd like the ripples … Continue reading A Declaration
Focus on One Thing
I made some pretty bold moves this weekend, and I'm a lot better off this Sunday night than I was just 48 hours ago. It's because of some advice that I received last week, on something totally unrelated to what I just discovered. A little backstory here is necessary. Since the 2016 presidential election, I, … Continue reading Focus on One Thing
Paralyzing Times for Creatives
Raw Thoughts of a Creative: November 2017 Edition At the beginning of the year, I set some very realistic goals of submitting six unique pieces in competitions or for publication in new markets, an average of about one every other month. I thought this was setting the bar a little low, to be honest with … Continue reading Paralyzing Times for Creatives
Understanding Our Frustrations And Realizing New Pathways To Resolutions
America is facing its greatest crisis in my lifetime, and I am realizing that each of us is called to react and act in ways that define our communities, large and small. In the simplest of terms, here's how I see it. In our lifetimes, we are presented with scenarios that are not always directly … Continue reading Understanding Our Frustrations And Realizing New Pathways To Resolutions
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