Beyond the Avatar

Where Will We Go From Here? I have seen a terrible and awesome truth. Few will understand. It looks bad; really bad, until I look beyond what is being spoon fed in constant and relentless streams. There I find glimpses of reality. Beyond the virtual worlds where our “avatar” self is a ruthless villain who…

Wait, We Are Not Old Enough For a Stroke

The last thing we expected Ending up in the stroke unit at St Luke’s Hospital was the last thing on my mind as I pulled out of my driveway, heading South to deliver a wheelchair to a small Mexican town that I previously wrote about. Later that evening, after a phone call to my husband,…

Tough Love Isn’t Punitive

Consequences are Gifts Tough love isn’t punitive. The purpose of tough love is redemption. This means that the consequences that are being faced by the offender should be something that will lead them back to the place that they should be. What does that look like practically from a parental point of view? Today my…

Reaching Cacao

The Day I Pushed a Taxi up a Mountain in Nicaragua Above the cloud forests in Nicaragua is a tiny village where coffee and chocolate grow wild. It is extremely remote and difficult to access. I traveled there recently to explore the viability of a future humanitarian aid project. To say that I don’t like…

Beyond the Border

If You Only Knew; I Believe You Would Have Compassion Tiny shriveled legs dangle lifelessly from a modified stroller that five-year-old Jose uses for mobility. His condition is unknown because it will cost five thousand pesos to undergo his first round of tests. His smile is intoxicating as he reaches out with a tremendous effort…

I Agree With the Jussie Smollett Decision

I am Conservative and I Approve This Message What Jussie Smollett did is unconscionable and lower than a snake’s belly, but as far as punishment according to our laws, I think it is probably appropriate. I believe that dropping charges and community service hours might truly have been an outcome for any idiot who would…