Two Sisters – Two Variants of Feminism

  My older sister and I once got into a disagreement about my inclination to buy a doll dressed in a pretty dress rather than one in work attire, in the middle of a beloved theme park. Four years of age separated us but our perspectives on the term “female” widened the relationship gap forContinue reading “Two Sisters – Two Variants of Feminism”

Celebrating My Sister – One Year Later

I couldn’t let this week go by without acknowledging the fact that it’s now been a full year since my older sister, Jen, passed away. I expected to be a blubbering mess as the date approached but find that I’m doing okay. I dream about her most nights and think about her every day, butContinue reading “Celebrating My Sister – One Year Later”

Mourning My Sister Through Writing

I’ve stated many times that the words I choose matter. I believe that I write because my spirit craves to do so. Sometimes the words flow effortlessly and other times it’s not just the pen that runs dry. I know firsthand that writing can work as a healthy outlet during times of emotional or spiritualContinue reading “Mourning My Sister Through Writing”

Day Three of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

Day Three: Imagination Inspiration announced its presence as I tucked my young niece in to bed tonight. I read her a story, and she returned the favor. Before we said prayers, she grabbed her fake phone and called her parents to say goodnight. I listened to the “conversation” and grinned. She’s a storyteller, this one,Continue reading “Day Three of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”

Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Happy Father’s Day

WEEK FIVE UPDATE: This week’s Petals of Appreciation celebrates the fathers in my life: my dad, my brothers-in-law, friends, uncles, and grandpops. Here are some examples of why you deserve my appreciation today and everyday: You impart a love of learning – reading to them at night and doing homework You support their extracurricular interestsContinue reading “Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Happy Father’s Day”

Day 101 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 101: Creativity Over Tea Once again, today’s creative inspiration came courtesy of my toddler-age niece. She informed me of her desire to have a tea party with me, and I instantly envisioned stuffed animals, plastic tea sets, and frilly hats. Instead, she pointed meContinue reading “Day 101 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 97: Lessons Learned at the Local Library Yesterday, I took my 4.75-year-old niece to our local public library for some free entertainment. It got us out of the “sit on the couch and watch a princess film” rut, sparking imaginative play for her andContinue reading “Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 95 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 95: “Childish” Moments The moments that matter most Are those that touch the heart and the spirit Most of them occur thanks to my nieces and nephew   Children’s laughter sends my spirit soaring While their cries tear at my core They smile andContinue reading “Day 95 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 60 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 60: Creativity in Lights Shining bright for all to see, the holiday lights welcome young and old. Families take it in by foot, stopping to buy hot chocolate and popcorn from the residents. Cars of various shapes and sizes parade down the neighborhood streets.Continue reading “Day 60 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”