“I’d like a do-over for 2018,” my husband says to me in his new raspy voice. It was Groundhog Day and we’d barely made it off the starting block for the year. His comment caused me to pause. I guess things had been a little bumpy lately. In fact, we had not until then […]Read more "Get Back Up"
What’s on my heart this month: On hurricanes and kids in poverty As I write, our hearts and prayers are with those in Florida who are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Irma. We probably all have friends or loved ones who hunkered down and weathered the storm, fearful for their homes, families, neighbors, and […]Read more "Surviving the storm"
Not too long ago, I found myself paralyzed in the moment. In light of the everyday tragedies that fill our world, this was really just a blip on the radar — however, in that moment, I was reminded of how dependent most of us have become on technology for our most basic everyday functioning. […]Read more "An Operating System Gone Wrong"
I couldn’t shake it. On the bus. In the street. At the apartment next door. Homelessness. Poverty. Drugs. Systemic marginalization. A blind eye turned. A gaze diverted. I was growing numb. Numb to the realities of a fallen world. My heart was hardening and I had to stop it. I’d spent the past six years […]Read more "Privileged Discontent"
I do not like crumbs in the bed… My nine-year-old daughter, Mary, organized a surprise movie night for me. She decorated my room with movie theater candy, creative homemade reserved seat signs, popcorn, and soda with fancy straws. She was so excited to unveil her surprise. She grabbed the remote and said, “Okay, Mom, let’s […]Read more "Go With Love"
This is the third and final chapter of the Rethink Community mini-series, Paralyzed In Poverty, an as-told-to narrative based directly on the account of Andrea Harper and her perspective on living life in poverty. Harper, a former presidentially-recognized mathematics educator from Springfield, OH, was put on the road of redemption after dealing with a combination […]Read more "Paralyzed In Poverty, Part III"
This is the second part of the Rethink Community mini-series, Paralyzed In Poverty, a first-person account of living life in poverty from the perspective of Andrea Harper. Harper, a former presidentially-recognized mathematics educator from Springfield, OH, was put on the road of redemption after falling victim to a combination of circumstances which left her struggling […]Read more "Paralyzed In Poverty, Part II"