Breaking Down Racial Walls

In fifth grade, I had two favorite songs. “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Loretta Lynn and “Color Blind” by En Vogue. I never claimed to be normal. In my after school drama class, we did a unit on lip syncing, and I performed “Color Blind.” I knew every word and […]

What I Learned from Being Bullied

I’m reading a novel about revenge. It’s a young adult novel about a ghost girl. She killed herself after being bullied, and now she is out to destroy the life of the boy who bullied her. It’s a stressful story for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, I […]

Embracing Uneasiness

Daring immediately makes me think of courage and heroics. Neither of which I would use to describe myself, both make me feel uneasy. So I sit back and think: What am I in the middle of today making me uneasy? How and where can I live more audaciously in those […]

The Luxury of Outrage

I’m pausing my 12 Steps series to join the crowd crowing over Starbucks Christmas cups. If you’re as tired of hearing about this as I am, you may tune out here. I totally get it. First off, I don’t actually care about Starbucks cups. This post isn’t really about Starbucks […]

How to restore human dignity

We’ve seen a lot of hard images in the media lately. Even my own small town feels poverty, hunger, gang violence, substance abuse, and a high unemployment level threatening to overwhelm humanity daily.  Crisis is everywhere making it hard to know where to start or who to listen to.  We […]

Praying the miles, Part 2

Praying the miles, Part 1 As I crossed the finish line of my 1,000 Miles Challenge — a full six months later than I planned for it to take — I tried to smile, to be happy about my accomplishment, but the truth is, I was just heavy. Weighed down […]

Prayer isn’t Everything (A response to Charleston)

My heart is shredded over the events in Charleston last week, events which have been rumbling and building, sometimes screaming, in the news for months. Charleston, however, leaves us without the convenient labels we have used to legitimize race related violence: thugs, entitled, criminals. Labels which, perhaps, make someone seem […]

Sacred Echoes

My first day of student teaching was a memorable one. Mostly because of one of my students … Jerome. Jerome moved like a bouncing ball, lumbering from one part of the room to the next with a seemingly boundless energy. Though he didn’t often make eye contact, he had a […]