Uncategorized / 08.02.2018

After approximately 17 minutes of looking over my shoulder as you answered my mock interview questions, your armor cracks a bit and almost involuntarily, your eyes finally move over that one inch to tell me “prison really isn’t that bad”. We both knew the dreaded question was coming. This is the chief reason we are crammed into this meeting/kitchen/makeshift office together. After a seven-year sentence to state prison, for a crime that’s left a deep scar of shame, how would you find the words to make it on to...

Uncategorized / 23.01.2018

This is a tale of mystery and surprise and a stink that could cause your nose to vacate your face. This tale begins with Charlotte, the female terrier, and an unidentified assailant we shall call Skunk. It was a typical Monday evening of geometry homework and basketball practice and trips to the middle school gym for yet another sporting event. The only one currently earning a paycheck was busy with a new project and spent a few hours bathed in the glow of a laptop, while I happily folded...

Uncategorized / 04.01.2018

No Regrets  When I began this midlife intermission, I had an ambitious list of goals and activities to fill my days. I had spent the better part of almost three decades hustling and living days that raced past in a blur. I looked forward to all I would accomplish… Certainly, my community would feature me on the local website as the volunteer that was most devoted to the needs of the downtrodden. My closets would likely be featured in Real Simple and the Container Store would marvel at the organizational...

Uncategorized / 01.01.2018

Even without resolutions or big changes for the New Year, January is a time of possibilities. Of new starts and renewed focus. Of vows for greater generosity and more time to recharge. It is a time of optimism and joy. Every January I feel hopeful for what is to come and this year is no exception. It’s honestly the most excited I’ve been for a new calendar on the wall in a long time… Recently a wise woman told me that she has a word of the year instead of...

Uncategorized / 30.11.2017

In the storm of news reports of women coming forward to expose powerful men of harassment and lewd behavior, it is stirring up feelings of fear in many men. Unfortunately it is often the wrong men. The good men. Men who are stunned that men they knew and respected are not who they thought they were at all. Men who worry that this reckoning will bring out a vengeful woman that could take down an innocent man. Maybe even him. Fear is a natural reaction. Disbelief is a natural...

Uncategorized / 14.11.2017

We can figure this out. We just need a plan. Except sometimes our plan is not the right plan or the best plan or the plan at all. Plan A gets blown up for Plan B. It has been an emotional week in our house. Our family on my husband’s side has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows across the span of seven days… A new baby was eagerly expected and it would make my husband’s parents, Nana and Pap-Pap, grandparents again for the first time in...

Uncategorized / 07.11.2017

I reached into my pocket and found a handful of Euros that I had accumulated over the 10 days in Spain. All of my loved ones’ gifts had been purchased and my belly was already full from delicious food. No good to me back in the States, I decided to spend my last hour in Santiago finding a good home for these coins. Street performance is prevalent around the city and coming from a musical city, the familiarity of home comes back to me when I see passion and purpose...

Uncategorized / 27.10.2017

(*Please note this a compilation of social media posts from Spain - forgive all typos & grammatical errors.) Day 4 Pack up and leave the room in the tower. Today we will cover extensive ground and we begin going uphill. It looks like home, maybe I’m hiking at Radner Lake or Percy Werner Park. Suddenly we lose the green for ash. There has been a fire. But life pushes through and I see beautiful purple flowers among the char. We see Celtic ruins from 4 B.C. Breathtaking. Keep climbing....

Uncategorized / 24.10.2017

(*Please note this a compilation of social media posts from Spain - forgive all typos & grammatical errors.) Day 1 Land at 8am after an 8 hour flight from Atlanta. The sun is just coming up. I’m tired and head straight to the hotel. It’s 2am at home when I check in but only 9am in Madrid. The singular room available has 2 twin beds. I’ll take it. Sleep too long - 5 hrs. It’s 2pm. Time to get out and and walk. After an hour or so a...