Lessons Learned from Bohemian Rhapsody

I was in seventh grade the year Queen released their enduring classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Ms. Davis, my choir teacher, decided that our Penndale Junior High choir would perform it for our spring concert, with each grade taking a different role. She even brought in a rock band to accompany us. We loved it—though my grandparents […]

The Whack-a-Mole Approach

Have you ever had those days where you feel like you have a tiger by the tail or the tail is wagging the dog? Yeah, me too. I’ve noticed a particular pattern emerges when I’m in that state, and I affectionately call it the “whack-a-mole” approach to getting things accomplished. Here’s how it feels in […]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

When I was twelve, my mother kidnapped me. She tried to take my younger brother, but he turned her away. The stories I told myself about that day played a large role in how I perceived myself for over thirty years. A year earlier, we’d come home to an empty house to discover that my […]

Reflections on the past year

This past weekend, I celebrated a birthday. That’s why this post was delayed—I wanted time to reflect on the past year and feel what I want to bring into the upcoming year. Plus, there was celebrating to be done! It’s fun to stop and look in one’s rearview mirror, and I find birthdays the perfect […]

Making Peace with Ourselves

Making peace with ourselves is not a small undertaking. The list of my mistakes resembles Santa’s Naughty or Nice scroll. I envision little errors recorded in a tiny Serif print while the colossal goof-ups scrawled in big, bold letters. Some are even written in neon, flashing, “You f’ed up.” I kept that scroll tightly rolled […]