I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I am from skinny, black cats, From late nights of board games and adventures in Animal Crossing. I am from the pale raised rancher, Tangled up in a wild garden of sweet honeysuckle and poison ivy. I am from the bleeding hearts, the hostas and crumbling stepping stones. I’m from stuffing pillowcases with homemade sugar cookies And family gatherings for crabs with Old Bay From Sharon and David, a sister and two brothers. I’m from…

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Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace is the quite morning breeze, whispering, “Fall is here.” Peace is going a day without arguing with (or nagging) my husband. Peace is found in those many many moments of choosing forgiveness. Peace is what I felt that night I soaked my pillow in tears, then received an answer. Peace is choosing to love and accept, not hate and judge.  Peace, I fear, is not everyone’s goal these days. Peace, I believe, is a…

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A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

I’ve let the last month slip by. June was a crazy month. I worked my first conference for the company I now work for. Celebrated two years of marriage, Father’s Day, my husband’s 25th birthday. We started painting the inside of our house (Blazen Orange was our first project and I’m super happy with it!). Lastly, we were invited to a new neighbors housewarming party, which was a great opportunity for us to meet our…

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Newfound Joy

Newfound Joy

I’ve never known a joy like this. Little fingers grip my own and wrap themselves around my heart. Sleepy smiles bring sisterly giggles, moments to be cherished. I’ve never known a joy like this. Even when those ocean eyes shed a tear or two, An auntie’s loving voice can soothe away the blues. That’s right, I’m an auntie now, and was inspired to write some poetry! What an amazing experience to welcome my niece to…

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Sweet Morning Garden Speaks To Me

Sweet Morning Garden Speaks To Me

Today’s my birthday, and I have so much to be thankful for: My wonderful husband Sean, who brought me home a crab cake from G & M‘s and bought me a fab energy-saving, high-tech gift I’m been wanting for new home. My parents for their support and wisdom in raising me. My sister for her love and friendship (and for my future niece that’s about to be born!). My brothers for always making me laugh. My dear friends…

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Good Friday: Sacrifice is Not Selective

Good Friday: Sacrifice is Not Selective

It’s been a rough week. Stress, lack of sleep, worry and uncertainty have all played their part this week…but then I read this: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”-Psalm 28:7 Though I may not have the strength to wake up every morning, He does. Though I may lose confidence in myself and…

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Harriet Tubman: Her Legacy and How It Affects Modern-Day Slavery

Harriet Tubman: Her Legacy and How It Affects Modern-Day Slavery

I remember reading about her in middle school. About the risks she took to lead nearly 70 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Thinking about the strength and courage it must have required. Yes, even at age 11, I admired her. Harriet Tubman was not just a survivor. She was an activist and a defender of freedom. This month marks the 100th anniversary of her death. Two proposed national parks, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad…

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This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

I feel unsettled by the world around me. I seem to have more questions than I do answers most days. No more waiting. It’s time to act. To be bold and fearless. To try and fail. And try again. To put myself in those uncomfortable situations so I may learn to adapt better, and learn to breathe through it. To ask tougher questions of myself, my beliefs, God. Above all, to practice love. This is my challenge. To empower…

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