In Reflection

I can’t deny that 2015 was a rough year.  To be honest, it has brought me to my knees in more ways than one.  I’m exhausted, mentally and physically – there have been many times this year when I’ve asked myself, “Seriously – if this is as good as it gets, what is the f**king…

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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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First World Woes

In my first Sociology class in college, we learned about ‘Socioeconomic status’ (SES for short). By textbook definition, SES is “a social standing or class of an individual or group, often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation.” As my instructor described in layman’s terms, SES is basically the economic situation you were…

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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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Playing it Safe

There was a boy in Greece.  An intriguing boy, with kind eyes and a warm smile.  Devastatingly sexy native accent aside, I found myself thoroughly attracted to him, and very curious about him.  So, I did the same thing I always do when this occurs.  I put up a huge wall.  I avoided talking to…

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Oh, My Greece!

My friend Chassity and I just returned home from 10 days in Mykonos, and what an incredible adventure it was. This wasn’t a trip where every single moment of every single day was planned out, nor were we following any kind of agenda.  Neither of us had any desire to constantly be on the go…

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Is There a Reason?

Around the corner from where I live, there’s a middle school with a track and a large, open field.  On the weekends, it’s a lovely spot for dog walking.  My Heinrich, also known as ‘Hippo,’ is a beautiful, blue nose pit bull.  He may look intimidating to some, but he just wants to love, play,…

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