I’m a writer, a podcast host and a speaker. I’ve always said that people are my passion…only recently have I discovered it’s because I love people so much that whether they move forward or fall backward, my love is there without condition.
Through every experience, no matter how bleak, there’s been light. Redemption.
When we open up and share our experiences of joy and suffering, we get clarity. The journey we’re all on takes place in this very moment where we breathe and question and laugh and cry. And that’s why I know there is so much more to life!
If you’ve taken the step to get a tattoo that everyone can see, you most likely: Have more than one (tattoo). Thought a great deal about the ink you chose. Don’t care whether anyone else likes your ink. A study from the Pew Research Center finds about 40 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have a tattoo, and for most who do, “one is not enough, about half of those with tattoos have two to five […]
It’s hard to recall what my life was like before the internet. If I have a question about a rash, or a recipe, or how long it’ll take me to get downtown, or want the latest information on the Broncos, I don’t have to wait. I simply use my search engine, and voila! The information I need is at my fingertips. Since my youngest son is now 20, I remember when getting information as I do now wasn’t so easy. […]
“My son isn’t picky. People who don’t know about food allergy don’t understand the severity. This is life threatening. If he eats a certain food, it could threaten his life,” explains Teresa Torres Garcia, mother of a son who’s dealt with food allergy since he was diagnosed at 16 months. I’ve watched my friends deal with food allergy with their children, and it’s a 24/7, lifelong ordeal. That’s because, according the Mayo Clinic, food allergy is: an immune system reaction that occurs soon […]
“The day we found out our daughter was pregnant,” says Dionna Harding, “is the day we decided she and her baby would both be living in our house. Family is supposed to do that.” Six years later, their grandfamily household includes their now 22-year old daughter and her two children, and their 16 year old son. “It’s exciting, every day is different.” According to the US Census Bureau, 6% of children live in households run by grandparents, that’s about 1 […]
Imagine you turn on the television after an evening out with your spouse and as you watch a news story about a robbery and the surveillance tape rolls, you know who’s on that video: two of your kids. Let’s say only hours before you had asked those same two sons to join you, but they opted to stay home with an older sibling. Apparently after you left, they did too, and what you’re watching now is how they apparently spent […]
After months of gifting, entertaining and a possible getaway over the holidays, many of us are facing the bills, getting ready to file our tax returns and wondering why our financial health just isn’t where we’d like it to be. It’s one thing to re-group and head to work and get the kids back to school, but I’d rather scrub my floors with a toothbrush than examine my financial situation. I’m not alone, according to a 2010 survey by the […]
When I wake up in the morning, the urge to predict what will happen through the day is hard to resist. For all of life on this planet, men and women have wanted to know what the future holds, from minute details to who our mate will be to whether the world will end. In part it’s to keep a sense of control or maybe to feel safer with these predictions in hand. Trouble is, they’re usually wrong more than half […]
A few years ago I remember someone telling me that if I wanted to stick to my New Year’s resolutions I should pick only one. Resolution. Then the odds of keeping that resolution would be higher. I’d love to tell you that worked. Actually I can’t recall what my goal was that year. Statistics fascinate me, and I’m a bit surprised to discover that according to the folks at Statistic Brain, only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s […]
For me it begins in early November. Not saying it’s a good thing, it just does. The mental planning. For Thanksgiving and Christmas. Usually the ideas hit me around 5:30am. For the next eight weeks, I’ll spend a great deal of mental energy on holiday food, menus, seating arrangements, gifts, who all will be here. That doesn’t take into account an unexpected event around either holiday, which for some reason seems to be the norm for our family recently. It all […]
DENVER — For most of us, there was at least one incident in middle and/or high school that still makes us twinge when we think about it. Some of us had it harder than others for a whole host of reasons, and we each had to carve our path to live through it. If you’re a person of color, come from a different country, have physical or mental limitations you might face these kinds of challenges on a daily basis. […]
I got an email from one of my brothers this week about how he and his family got on Skype to have a video chat with my mother, who is spending the holidays with her sisters in Denmark. Since she’s been gone, I’ve emailed, phoned, but Skyped? Never even crossed my mind. You’re probably familiar with Skype, which Wikipedia describes as: the telecommunications application software that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls from computers, tablets and mobile devices via the Internet to […]
My mantra around the holidays is the same every season: This year, I’m going to manage my holidays better so I don’t feel overwhelmed. It was sometime in my 30s, when I was working morning drive in San Francisco, that my holiday celebrating took a huge turn. My parents lived in a flat beneath us in Bernal Heights, and my siblings (I have five of them, and their families) would come out to share the holidays with them and, in […]