MLK Day

Until 1988, I didn’t know much about Martin Luther King, Jr. Nothing was taught about him in history class (of course, no history class I was in got much further than WW2), and so it passed under my radar. In college, I had a friend named Dee Dee who suggested, since we were near Atlanta…

SAFE SPACES

Whether you agree with the safety pin movement, I ask you to think about all the marginalized people groups you know of, and friends you know who are labeled into those groups.  While a safety pin is a small gesture, a gesture some mock or ridicule or label too small, it’s a step in the…

AFTERMATH

Spent a lot of time listening, counseling, and reassuring people today. I hope I made a difference for some of you. This election was so polarizing, but what I have seen is that most people on either side wanted the same thing – change. I also feel like either candidate would have led to some…

LET’S DISCUSS, BUT FIRST, PLEASE INFORM YOURSELF

I’ve tried to stay neutral most of my life – I am a middle child, after all. Lately, however, I find myself neck-deep in discussions about everything from politics to refugees to my views on Human/Equal Rights. I don’t particularly care what a person’s opinions are, as long as the opinions are informed by more…

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT, OR RATHER, THAT YOU THINK

Politics, tragedy, religion, guns, nationality and so many more subjects are polarizing, especially in America. I’ve seen families, friends, and communities torn apart because of deeply held beliefs.  Rarely, but thankfully, I have found a few people in my life who can hold deeply held beliefs and still have conversations about the aforementioned subjects and…

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU…DON’T TREAD ON ME?

I saw this Tweet this morning from @pourmecoffee. “New political reality: Ask not what country can do for you. Seriously, don’t ask. It’s not going to happen.” I’ve seen quite a few sarcastic and Tweets and posts full of outrage this week as the United States government came minutes from a budget fiasco shutdown. I’ve…

PRESIDENT OBAMA

I don’t think I will ever forget this day. As I sat and watched our 44th president being sworn in this morning, I couldn’t hold back the tears. The day was laced with historical moments, including being sworn in with the same Bible as Abraham Lincoln. I watched as Obama took the oath of office…

A HISTORICAL DAY, INDEED

When I was 19, I stood at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and wondered if his dream would ever come true. Growing up in the midwest in a county that is still, as of the last census, 98% white, I was, up until that moment, unaware of the importance of Dr. King’s…

A HISTORICAL DAY

I don’t care who you voted for, I just care that you voted. Either way, no matter who wins, history will have been made. The first female vice president will be elected, or the first African-American president will take office. Either way, the result is encouraging in that this country is taking steps to break…