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…

Aching for Treasures in Heaven

Finding Comfort in Heirlooms and Legacies They Left Behind A lovely, heirloom clock sits prominently on the mantle in my living room. It belonged to my husband’s grandmother. Every hour it announces itself with a music box version of a familiar, classical song. My attention is drawn away to thoughts of her when I hear…

Politicizing the Classroom

Way too many years ago, I loved going to school. I loved my education experience. My teachers were mature, professional, and heroic. They were respectful of each child’s home culture. I never heard their political, religious, or moral views expressed beyond “The Golden Rule” and classroom behavior. I was never taught how I was supposed…

Dancing With Butterflies;The Day I Went AWOL

If you know me or have ever read anything I write, you know that people often respond to the things that I say or do with phrases like “that is just crazy”, “really didn’t think that through, did you?”, and the most common response of all, “I would never do that”. I don’t try to…

The Absurdity of Policing the past with Today’s Values

Issues such as slavery, racism, women’s rights, and other injustices, have become defining controversies of our nation, and for some, are causing conflicting emotions concerning our origins as a nation. Does it escape us that these things existed long before the forming of this nation? They are the very issues that our founding fathers were…

Polarization and the Unpopular Position of Balance

Polarization is overtaking us as a people who were once diverse. You cannot turn on an electronic device or happen upon a conversation in a coffee shop, and not realize that the issue of national polarization is worsening. We all know this. We are all talking about it. We all hold in the back of…