I woke up on July 9, 2016 just trying to catch my breath. It’s not that this week has been the first week in recent times that has felt overwhelming. It’s only been one of many, but each one feels heavier than the last, and I find myself thinking “worse”. It’s just gotten worse, so […]Read more "Tell me there’s room"
I am a born and bred Texas girl. I was raised in a state with, I’m certain, one of the highest populations of Hispanic immigrants, both illegal and legal. Those who know me well have probably heard me speak more than once about the deep love and respect I have for the religiously devout and hard […]Read more "what isn’t racist"
A week ago, in South Carolina, a troubled, angry, hateful person walked into a Church and committed an atrocity. In the week that has followed, I have watched people from all walks of life pointing fingers. I have heard people from all over our “nation” act in division and hostility. I have seen people who have […]Read more "Whose Side Are You On?"
We walked down the stairs of a decaying mill by the river with the sun shining in a cloudless, blue sky. Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a vine creeping out of the spaces in a broken wall and climbing, or maybe cascading, along the grey, crumbling bricks. Inexplicably, I reached out and touched it…Read more "worth the risk"
I live and I learn. I work so that I can play. I talk a lot, because I have a lot to say! I wish every moment felt like my happiest moments. I enjoy the place that I am in because it took so long to get here. I look before I leap, and then I […]Read more "I do."
The strangest thing has begun to happen. I have become she. I’m re-working old words into slightly new sentences and paragraphs, and it never occurred to me until just this week that I have told nearly every story of my life in the first person. It’s always been just a diary of sorts, but now […]Read more "I am She"
So, everything I ever needed to know, I did not learn in kindergarten. Some things I learned better late than never. For instance… Orange is not now nor should it EVER be an acceptable skin tone. *shudder* Seriously, pale is better than that. Bigger does not necessarily mean better. The wrong man is absolutely not […]Read more "What I Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten"
Lately, I catch myself not exhaling. With every breath that escapes me another moment has passed. I hold my breath as though it will somehow freeze time so that I can step from where I am into where I think I’m supposed to be. I hold my breath until it literally escapes me, completely against […]Read more "the exhale"
How to Successfully Convince People That You’re Nicer Than You Really Are We all know them. They’re the people who swear they are being nice to you and act *shocked* when you are somehow offended by their praises. It’s like they don’t understand how to give a compliment. Worse, it’s like they do understand, but […]Read more "Compliments For Dummies"
I’ve found myself in situation after situation over the last few months where I wonder when it’s time to say when. I’ve always been the kind of person that when it is time to throw in the towel on something, I just know it, and in the exact moment that I know it, it’s just […]Read more "when to say when"