Sweet Victor Blue Eyes

I believe some backstory is needed here, before I delve into Victor’s story. I was born and raised in a tiny Appalachian town in Western Maryland. After I graduated from high school in 2001, my mother decided to move back to Albuquerque, New Mexico so she could be close to her mother and her sister’s…

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Let’s Talk (Real) Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write about true love. No. I’m sorry, I can’t even type that without wanting to gag. I really don’t mean to sound cynical, but I f**king hate V-Day. Now, if there were a day honoring the single folks, my attitude might be a tad altered.  Maybe. If there were a…

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Learning to Fly

I’m going to take you on a different journey this week, by sharing the story of another. Another kindred soul, another fierce warrior, and yes – another Hot Mess. This is a story I find inspiring, humbling, and beautiful; and I feel privileged to have witnessed it unfold – if only from a distance –…

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Beaches

I always loved the movie Beaches as a child, mostly because I’ve always loved Bette Midler. I recently had the opportunity to watch it for the first time in at least 15 years; and I have to say, the film carries an entirely new meaning for me – as an adult who has faced so…

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Plea for Peace

In light of recent, tragic events, I’m going to take a moment this week to simply vocalize my plea for our world to be united in peace.  Yes, I realize that this is an idealistic – and some would say “impossible” – desire.  All the same, it’s a desire I hold deep within my heart…

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It Comes Full Circle

When my father passed away in April of 2007, I hadn’t seen him in almost two years.  I was going to college in Albuquerque, and he was in an assisted living facility outside of Washington, D.C.  In addition to the geographical distance between us, I had also completely disconnected from any emotions relating to my…

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