Life

Beauty and the nature of things.

Risk, Reward and Robert Frost

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White-blonde bangs and a button nose were pressed against the bird’s cage. I can see myself standing there as a little girl, intently watching my green and yellow parakeet with black, scalloped markings on his back and wings repeatedly move from left to right on his wooden perch.

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Listen to Learn

Listen to Learn

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There are times when we must speak, speak loudly and even shout from the rooftops to be heard, regardless, relentlessly and unapologetically because our words are the fire that burn in our bellies.

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Baby Boy

Baby Boy

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From talking about survival rates after a cancer diagnosis to a new survivor status with a growing life in my belly… Life, at times, leaves me speechless.

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Grateful

Grateful

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Ever dare to thank your worst nightmare? …Thank the devil for saying hello just then. Cancer and the digestion of that truth brought me here…to this place… this deeper, more inspired headspace…

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Cancer

Cancer

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No one wants to say it or believe it. It is endless in reach. Life or death or just a short-term illness? We don’t know. It is an unknown that takes. takes. takes…

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Beautiful Magic

Beautiful Magic

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We did it. I take a deep breath… and look over the first few wedding photos on my computer screen. Tux. White dress with pearls. Me and Tim. April 6, 2018.

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M.J.

M.J.

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I ended up in a sad version of a partial backbend in the darkness of my hospital room. I couldn’t bare the lights post-op. My oh-so-brave husband was struggling with the pink plastic bed pan.

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Just Breathe

Just Breathe

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He smiled in the doorway. My surgeon looked proud. He was on his way out… stopping by as promised. I felt the warmth. I held back the emotion. The vulnerability. Piercing.

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Hurricane Irma

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The sun will always shine again. It’s time to rebuild. Pick up the pieces. Take care of your neighbor. Food. Water. Power. Every family deserves that… and it is coming.

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MLK

MLK

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I was honored to receive an invitation to speak at a ‘Guitars over Guns’ event a few weeks back inside the Perez Art Museum. The non-profit offers arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk youth.

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Blue Paper Scrubs

Blue Paper Scrubs

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There are those near losses that threaten to tear our families apart and bring us to our knees. They turn non-believers into believers who pray for the first time since they were children…

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Goop

Goop

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You know you need to throw away the half-eaten protein bar in your work bag when a little piece of it easily acts as an earring back. Don’t judge… I was desperate.

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Intertwined

Intertwined

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Wife. Mother. Brother. Child. Neighbor. Boss. Partner. Employee. Who are you beyond the titles at home and at work? Who are you in this intertwined world? While we are in control…

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Beep Beep

Beep Beep

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We simply drive by other people’s lives only to get a glimpse of a face… a smell… a sound… but we don’t really know what life is like for them.

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Love, Faith and Family

Love, Faith and Family

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I have spent time in jail and prison. I sat across from a guy who had plastic zip ties, duct tape, sex toys, and a shock collar among other supplies inside his van.

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Nine Zero

Nine Zero

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She is allergic to grass, flowers, and the outdoors? She loves the celebrity obsessed magazines and lengthy conversations about his uncle’s, father’s boss who married her on [insert specific date, time and location].

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Fishy Hands

Fishy Hands

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I spent hours with some of the most beautiful animals I had ever seen. Word of choice: majestic. But they “gotta eat.” (Checkers commercial nod. Yes, I’m a dork.)

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In a Nutshell

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Monday through Friday can quickly become interesting, shocking, scary, plain boring, frustrating, inspiring, pleasantly heartwarming or all of the above. The news biz is something else.

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