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Listening Fully to the Voices of Black Women

This week, my voice isn't the most informed voice to share stories of the racial injustices that continue to oppress and harm Black people in the United States. I have much to learn about where I can be of authentic help, and I extend a deep Thank You to the authors of the stories below for sharing their wisdom, for sharing their pain, for sharing their humanness.  Here are a few powerful and insightful articles written by Black Women that I read this week that helped me to understand just a little more deeply, how tightly racism is woven into everyday life.  What...


Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

  “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca This is Lee. Isn't he a handsome graduate? What's up 2020? Yet another adaptation that 2020 brings to our home and millions of other homes is celebrating our 2020 graduate without an actual commencement ceremony. Our high school senior, Lee, is graduating as an honor student, a Utah scholar, a stellar skater, a manager at his workplace, and he’s just a go-gettin’ really good guy.  Lee is our youngest and our only child left at home, so this is a very delicate and beautiful transition in our...


The Tree of Joy

The Tree of Joy

Ah, what a refreshing topic - the Tree of JOY! It’s springtime in the desert, and one thing I have missed a lot is seeing the pink mimosa trees out and about, flamboyantly being themselves. In the desert the pink mimosa rarely grows wild, but when given good water, sunlight and a loving family? They practically scream for you to come have a nice long inhale, and now I know why.  The pink mimosa, also called Persian Silk Tree, is also referred to as the Tree of Joy. I am always eager to dive into the symbolism of my favorite...


Procrastination or Planting Seeds?

Alesha Sevy-Kelley

Tags Acceptance, Creativity, Planting seeds, Procrastination, Purpose

Procrastination or Planting Seeds?

I’ve got an issue with procrastination; literally. I procrastinate, forget what I’m doing, get distracted with new ideas, run after the red ball… But I realize lately that maybe I have been planting seeds - that maybe we are all planting seeds. Sometimes you plant a seed and it comes up; then there are those times you plant seeds that seem like duds - and then they choose to sprout the following spring of their own accord.  Ideas are like seeds. Sometimes following through on an idea comes quickly and easily, and other times - for me many, many times,...


You Can Dance in a Hurricane

You Can Dance in a Hurricane

But Only if You’re Standing in the EyeAs evidenced by this blog's title and subtitle, the song The Eye, by Brandi Carlile has been playing in my mind... It feels like a wise part of me wants me to listen and remember that even when life is whirling around uncertainly, there is a spot of calm for some of us even amidst the chaos.  Life has changed permanently in this world, and we are still right in the eye of the storm. In the United States, we are still seeing rising numbers of COVID 19 cases and deaths, and in smaller...