A Month In and I am Leaning…

I am surrounded with inspiring and complex new people, delicious food, and rich history. I will have been to 6 countries (Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, Czech Republic, and Amsterdam) in a span of 6 weeks. I have laughed myself to tears, discovered new aspects of myself that I didn’t know existed, shared vegan food with…

On Race, Compassion, and True Unity

Know what I love most about California? The diversity here has made me more compassionate. I knew racism existed as a child growing up in the predominately white Midwest. I didn’t understand it but I knew that there was something wrong about it. Being raised in a very conservative Christian home, I was taught that…

A Little Lighter Today

I don’t want my Friends List to be a homogenized place where only people who agree with me are welcome.  I’ve purposefully stayed friends and engaged with friends whose opinions swing to the Far Right and everything in between.  Why? Because it’s important that we don’t seal ourselves into a bubble.  It’s important that we…

An Unexpected Goodness

When I returned from walking the dogs at the end of last week, I found a $20 bill, crisp and folded, in the hallway between my apartment and my neighbor. I tried to see if it was theirs but alas, no one was home.  After returning from a weekend away, I stopped at their apartment…

It’s Unacceptable 

“That’s why this is all the more shocking. You’re too informed, too aware to just have blindly followed Trump. And my only conclusion is that the dark, ugly bigotry of this man was dismissed by you, tolerated by you. That’s unacceptable. You allowed for the legitimacy of white supremacists and a brutal misogyny we have…

Another Layer of Numb

I finally cried.  I guess it took a physical trauma to help me let go.  Pippen woke up early this morning and I got them all geared up and headed out into the still-dark morning.  On the way back home, we stopped so they could sniff a yard and as I took a step, I…

Numb

Without getting into too much detail, I’ve recently went through a big life change. I made a decision that has made me numb.  Or is it the Year of the Most Stressful Life Events that has made me numb? Changing careers. ✅ Prolonged illness followed by the death of my dog. ✅ Adopting a foreign…

Be Better

I haven’t said this in a while and I hate that it needs to be said again: When you share satire or yellow journalism as fact and truth, that reflects on you, your judgment, and your integrity. Once diminished, they are hard to earn back.  If someone points out that you are sharing bad information…

The Smudge is Life

Today, I cried. Sobbed actually.  I had to pull my car over and just release.  In a year of big changes, I haven’t fully processed any of them.  And today was my final day with possession of the rental house of 9+ years.  All weekend long I kept telling myself,”Just keep moving”.  There was so…