Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

Waves of Isolation and Gratitude
Thanksgiving Dinner 2016 Waves of Isolation and Gratitude   Breathing is dogged as I paddle my canoe, Upstream. With each stroke, Pulling my cornucopia of emotions Through the thick water. First, frustration from pelted Protectors; A reminder of the false foundation of this day. Yet pride as they Stand in the water, Brothers and Sisters at the Rock Rewrite history. Second, sadness, shivers and splinters as I row, Memories of my Aunt hosting my first 45 of the day. And gratitude in being welcomed to another table As a prodigal cousin and niece, Surrounded by love. The third wave of soft sorrow creeps in Like the river snake I hardly knew ... Read More

Stand with Standing Rock: A Catalyst for Change

As a citizen of the United States, the situation in North Dakota is extremely concerning. While I am tracking the motions that have been taking place in the courts, more so I am shocked our federal government including the DOJ is not more involved in protection of Native American people who are standing for the land and the water. I heard now the U.N. is on site investigating, so perhaps the situation will improve. First, the Dakota Access Pipeline company has taken a number of liberties not granted to them, and while the legalities are being determined in the court system regarding this, the civil rights of a protected class of citizens must be given versus completely disregarded. A ... Read More

BirdSong: A Tribute to David Bowie

Today, we're without one of our birds, one of our sounds, one of our songs… the air hums with one chord missing. And so today, I stop to remember. And I grieve. I grieve the passing of Mr. David Bowie because he was a great example of allowing his uniqueness to launch his greatness.

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Quench My Thirst

Dedicated to Hurricane Katrina victims and survivors
This poem was written in September of 2005 immediately following Hurricane Katrina, as we were still hearing news of children being sent to school, but not knowing if their parents were alive. I was saddened, frustrated, and angered by the events that took place after the climatic disaster, and harnessed those feelings into a poem. In 2005, I dedicated the poem to those who survived the messy aftermath and then rebuilt, despite the hardships they lived through. Ten years later, when I read my own words, I was humbled by the expression of emotions I felt so strongly a decade ago. I realize it is time to share the words, and feelings, with others. By sharing the poem, what I wish t ... Read More

Take Back the Jungle

Taking a Stand Against Torturing Animals
Cecil the Lion - what do we know? A dentist killed him in an absolutely horrific fashion. The dentist now says he’s sorry and he wouldn’t have done this if he knew the animal was loved (which most of us question why that should that make a difference). The world is upset, angry and reaming with blame. Jimmy Kimmel (love him) spoke well about it and got choked up. Jane Goodall (love her) spoke about her repugnance. Images of Ricky Gervais hugging a cute dog, sad about the state of animal affairs, filled Facebook. I agree with all of these posts and commentary. It’s very easy to be disgusted by and angry with the dentist. And yet, I think this story could go further. It h ... Read More


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