Be Bold

The dictionary defines boldness as the willingness to take risks and act with confidence and/or courage. Some of the synonyms of this word include temerity, audacity, fortitude and swashbuckling. It means to act without hesitation. It means to take action. It is a word I don’t really reflect upon often. I write often of characters […]

It is what it is

Years ago, while I was still substitute teaching instead of working the full time job I work now, I subbed as a paraprofessional in a class for behavioral middle school students. The class was tasked with an assignment that day to draw a fish bowl. On the inside of the fish bowl, the students were […]

Gifts

Happy Father’s Day readers. And Happy Juneteenth. I could go into some pithy or eloquent blog post about fathers about now…. or write something on the new Federal holiday of Juneteenth. But I am not going to today. It’s not what is on my mind. But I wanted to acknowledge those two holidays since they […]

Small Rebellions

I belong to a little church in this swath of the Midwest I call my home. Some of the women in this little church, in the height of the “we don’t want refugees” clamoring and the anti-Dreamers frenzy a few years ago, decided they wanted to do something about it to counter the sentiment. They […]

Belonging

Like everyone does, I remember feeling like I didn’t fit in when I was a kid. I often felt like a square peg, as the saying goes. I wanted to be a puzzle piece and find a way to fit in. I was too skinny. I wore glasses. I spoke with a lisp. I had […]

Breath

Today is Pentecost in most Christian denominations. Traditionally, it is the day that the Holy Spirit was gifted to the early church. This day is considered the birthday of the Christian denomination. Thinking about this day also makes me think of the Holy Spirit. It then leads me, almost naturally to think of that title […]

Life

There are many quotes on life, I have come to realize. After all, John Lennon once penned that “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And Forrest Gump’s Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Bob Marley asked if we […]

Contentment

I recently walked the half mile home from the full time job on a beautiful late spring afternoon. The sun was shining in a sky littered with giant puffy clouds. There was a breeze that kept the walk comfortable. I had some music going via my phone and my wireless earbuds. I was looking forward […]

Perspective

I recently flew back home to my little swath of the Midwest after visiting family in the Golden State. My flight originated at Los Angeles International Airport, known as LAX. There are a number of airports I could have chosen to fly from, since I was visiting Orange County. Yet, I decided to fly from […]

Learning to Dance Again

The other night, the other half and I, along with a good friend of ours, went to our local zoo for a fundraising event called the Wild Lights Festival. There were illuminated lanterns everywhere depicting many mythological creatures, endangered animals and more. Even though a thunderstorm was rolling in, we decided to go, since it […]