Day 7: Smiling in Seattle

Today I spent the day in downtown Seattle, doing what every tourist would do. I went up in Seattle’s number one tourist attraction the Space Needle, I toured the Chihuly Garden and Glass, and I got a glimpse of the Seattle waterfront via guided boat tour through an Argosy Tour. I’d [...]

Day 6: Judgment Day At The Airport

Judgment showed up all sleepy eyed at the airport for her 5:00AM flight, fully locked and loaded for six to seven hours of travel. You might agree that traveling these days is just not what it used to be. Granted I was straight off of two sixteen hour days and this was day three of waking up at [...]

Day 5: Touched By Generosity For Haiti

As Hurricane Matthew made landfall and pounded Haiti, the phones began to ring in the make shift call center set up for a two day pledge drive hosted by the radio station I work for. Hundreds of listeners responded to the request for donations to support our community supported radio station and [...]

Day 4: Why I Love National Night Out

I love the concept of National Night Out. Did you celebrate it in your city? It’s recognized once a year all over the country as a time dedicated to community building throughout neighborhoods across the nation. What began as a way to prevent crime in neighborhoods has only strengthened the [...]

Day 3: In A Letter From Jail

The letter arrived in a hand-addressed envelope from the Travis County Corrections Center. While I didn’t know the author her words cut deep to my core. On the outside of the folded letter she had written in bold letters “I praise God for you”. My heart was pricked by her words. I thought how [...]

Day 1: Welcome to My Mashup

It’s October 1st and as if there’s not enough to look forward to this month, I’m looking forward to writing for 31 days in a row. WHAT you say?  Through challenges it’s often when we learn the most, whether we choose the challenge or life serves it up to us. For you it may [...]

31 Days at Sea

Uncertainty, inexperienced, unqualified, and in over my head is exactly what I felt when I announced to the world, on Facebook no less that I was IN on the 31 days writing challenge. I sort of committed without even knowing really and truly what it entailed. I actually don’t think I was ever [...]

Five Second Friday: Seven of My Favorite Quotes

God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling. You never know how God will use you until you let Him. –Lysa Terkeurst We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they [...]

The New Normal

The east side of Austin, Texas, 16 years ago wasn’t a place you might want to go walking with a stranger, even in broad day light. Ask me to go there, and I might have said no. It was election season and a presidential campaign was in full force. Ask me to go door to door to talk about candidates [...]

Wrong Body Type

Growing up a dancer, as a student of ballet, tap, and jazz, dancing is in my blood. So when it came to working out in my 20s I gravitated to Jazzercise. I loved it and I got the tshirt(s)! When I heard that there would be instructor auditions I thought, why not give it a try. I mean I’m there [...]
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