Own Skin

It is a funny thing that sometimes we have to relearn to grow comfortable in our own skin. Or, maybe it isn’t that we ever grew uncomfortable in our own skin. Maybe we’ve always loved and known being in our own skin, but we’ve been so fearful of people not seeing us for us. It’s [...]

The What If Wrestle with Fear

Fear is one of the greatest emotions that connects us across humanity.  Somewhere along the line of transition into adolescence out of the innocence of childhood I developed more of a fear. As a child, the world was my playground and I was the queen of risks. You couldn’t find me without mud underneath my [...]

Confront it. In the mirror. And in its face.

I feel sick to my stomach. Horrified. Heart broken. Without adequate words.  I am angry. So angry. Outraged. Without adequate words. I am sad. Grieving and mourning what should be grieved and mourned every time an innocent life is taken. Yet, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I remain at a distance. It is easier that way. [...]

Sometimes

Sometimes I feel like I write the same words over and over again. Each thing I write, blending into one forgotten and familiar piece. It’s a part of my processing. My becoming. My evolving. My sanctification. I fear the repetition. I want each step to be new. Ground breaking. Forward. Leaving the past behind. Yet, [...]

Silence is Violence

  I haven’t had words in the last two weeks, like many others. I have been so angry and upset hearing about the news of Ahmaud and Breonna’s stories. And I still do not even know where to begin in speaking and in fully processing.  It wasn’t until I was back in my classroom on [...]

Brave: A Compilation

For the last month or so, in this time in quarantine, I have asked people to write on the word brave. I asked people to write the stories of bravery. Or, to share where they have seen bravery. Where they have been brave. And, lastly, I asked what does brave mean to you? In this [...]

Grief is a Friend

March 4th at 6:30 pm. The last picture in my classroom this school year. This is the last picture I had taken in my classroom. I had a one hour break between a conference that has just ended and before my last two conferences of the day. I had already been at the school since [...]

Awakened

Awakened  This time is one of awakening.  It has been a week or so since we’ve also stayed at our homes. There have been quite a few invitations sent our way in this time.  An invitation to transition into the new season of Spring with slowness and a keen attentiveness.    An invitation to see [...]

One-Word Writing Compilation

Over the past couple of years I have been asking people to write in response to various prompts. Often these prompts have been specific and geared towards a question or a specific word. This time around, I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to do a prompt that would create a space [...]