Paint the Roses Red

I wrote this poem months ago, to put into words the heartbreak I felt after a dear friend's encounter with someone racist and the hurtful words they hurled at her. I wanted her to know I would always stand beside her, and use my voice to stand up for what was right whenever I could. [...]

Disney Songs for Hand Washing

As flu season lingers and the coronavirus spreads, the CDC is reminding everyone to wash their hands for a good 20-30 seconds. Rather than just counting, singing a fun tune has been the hand washing trend as of late. But what Disney verses are in the recommended time range? Look no farther: I've made a [...]

Book Review: The Secrets We Kept

Whoa, this is one unputdownable page turner of a novel. The plot just pulls you in, the characters keep you there, and the setting is so flawlessly described you can practically smell the cigarette smoke and hear the clacking typewriters. I had no clue there was such a history regarding literature and the CIA. I’m [...]

How to Contact Your Representatives to Enact Change

This morning I walked though the shady streets of our beautiful downtown, felt the breeze in my hair, and walked through a beautiful courtyard and into an imposing government building. Today I sat in a senator's office and used my voice to ask for change. I overcame my deep fear of confrontation to stand before [...]