Do the Things that Scare You

Yesterday, I did something completely out of my comfort zone. It was terrifying; I was worried about embarrassing myself, and it seemed borderline ridiculous. I did it anyway. And, that’s something to celebrate. We should all be doing more things that make us uncomfortable. Ok, let me start at the beginning. Earlier this year, IContinue reading “Do the Things that Scare You”

Roe v. Wade Is Dead, but We Are Not

Without the ability to make decisions about their own bodies, without bodily autonomy, none are truly free.

They want to break our collective soul. Good luck. You can try, but history skews in favor of the oppressed.

Privacy — The Most Important Unwritten Right in the Constitution

Privacy is a notion that we don’t consider very often. There’s an assumption of privacy within our homes, at our doctors’ offices, and even within our relationships, to some extent. We all have private thoughts that we don’t share with anyone else. We have an expectation of privacy in most bathrooms (at least until youContinue reading “Privacy — The Most Important Unwritten Right in the Constitution”

Why Care about Strangers?

I’m at a point where I almost don’t have the words anymore. Whether it’s draconian laws being passed in multiple states in the United States by those determined to drag our country back to the 1950s or the ongoing, horrifying war in Ukraine, it seems that atrocities are everywhere. I’ve been quiet for a whileContinue reading “Why Care about Strangers?”

10 Reasons Americans Can Be Happy Right Now

Or, 10 reasons to stop whining about everything As Americans, we love nothing more than using social media, really any form of communication, to complain about all the things we hate, are irritated about, find frustrating, or otherwise dislike. The time is more than a little ripe for a reality check. We have a lotContinue reading “10 Reasons Americans Can Be Happy Right Now”

An International Women’s Day 2022 Thank You Note

A couple of months ago, I scheduled a mammogram for March 8. The connection between that date and International Women’s Day hadn’t occurred to me. When it did finally dawn on me, I immediately thought I’d write an uplifting piece about taking care of ourselves, making sure we’re actively participating in preventative care, and theContinue reading “An International Women’s Day 2022 Thank You Note”

Our Words Matter

Words matter. They matter more than we realize. They have the power to fundamentally alter someone’s outlook. They don’t even have to be profound to make a profound impact. I’ve said those six words, “It’s a practice, not a perfect,” to my daughters regarding any number of topics, ranging from school to exercise to emotions.

A Reminder for this National Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was designated, by former President Barack Obama, as the only federal holiday that also serves as a national day of service. To honor the life, memory, and legacy of Dr. King, all Americans are asked to perform an act of service in their communities. As we move through this day,Continue reading “A Reminder for this National Day of Service”

January 6, 2021 — What Did It Mean for Our Democracy?

A one year anniversary reflection It’s the one year anniversary of a violent attempted overthrow of the government. I knew it was coming. We all know what day it happened. But, the enormity of this anniversary just kind of hit in one huge blow. And, if I’m being honest, it kind of brings me toContinue reading “January 6, 2021 — What Did It Mean for Our Democracy?”

What Do I Say To Her?

Talking to My Daughter About Mass Shootings and the Painful Reasons They Happen Author’s Note: I wrote this in 2019. In light of yet another school shooting, this time in Michigan, just one of the 138 incidents, 28 of which have resulted in fatalities, we’ve had in 2021, I thought it a good idea toContinue reading “What Do I Say To Her?”