The Keys to Keeping Activism Alive

With so much passion for a variety of causes lately, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about activism and keys to keeping it alive in your life for the long haul: There’s always bad news to find. If ...

Finding My Inner Crazy Cat Lady

It’s been a sad time in my house during this pandemic. First, my 20-year-old cat, Akima, passed away in March and then two months later my mother, Millie Pete, departed as well. Not only have I had to process m...

The Art of Language: Music’s Valuable Teacher

I was about 10 years old when music really entered my soul. That was the time when I would constantly replay songs to master the lyrics so I could stand in front of the mirror with a brush in hand, giving a pas...

Staying Happy During Coronavirus Shut-In

There seems to be a lot of debate about when our lives will, or should, go back to normal. Protesters are feeling like prisoners who are forced to stay inside their homes, while other seemingly more responsible...

Don’t Care How, I Want It Now!

Veruca Salt sang that line right before she plummeted down the “bad egg” chute in the movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” As I reflect on our current situation, I realize that the coronavirus crisis...

Son’s First Death Experience

It would be nice if there existed a manual that explained when to share different pieces of information or knowledge with your children. That way you would know at what age different topics were appropriate to ...

Pancake Surprise!

I love to bake and look forward to any opportunity to do so. Let’s not confuse this with cooking, since the two are quite different and when it comes to the latter I honestly could burn water. However, somethin...

Fire Drill Bootcamp

I admit I was never a committed athlete. I have athletic abilities when pushed, but have never developed an interest in sticking with a sport very long. However, I understand the importance of physical health a...

The Sound Machine Fiasco

Companies spend a lot of money on research into how to retain employees and create a cohesive work environment that each member of the team wants to stay in. I recently learned that all a company really needs t...

Lost and Found Teeth

Think about the thing that scares you most. For some it may be snakes, others clowns, and for me it’s heights. But for most of us we have never experienced anything negative in our lives when it comes to those ...