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,…

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…