an important role

Yay, we played! My theatre organization hosted what we call A Day of Play where we simply spend time playing, get to know one another, build community.  If I’m being honest, I wasn’t sure how many people would show, if any.  I am constantly reminding myself and others we are in the midst of a…

You Don’t Get To Tell Me How To Feel

Yesterday (5/25/2020) a man was lynched.  His name, George Floyd.  He was murdered by a police officer, Derek Chauvin.  I won’t even ask why the police force allows individuals like him to join because historically those same individuals would participate in the KKK at night and patrol the streets during the day. Yesterday (5/26/2020) a…

Breaking Silence

On this day last year my play, Redefining Alberta was performed to a packed house. The community was so receptive and supportive. The constant “mmhmm, I know that’s right and you betta say that” comments from them let me know that there was so much truth in the storytelling (I love my village). There was…

Gratitude Day 21: Life

The past two days I have been busy with work and traveling for work I didn’t even have time to post on my birthday which was the last day of the 21 Day Challenge.  I think with every new year or as I’ve recently heard, every year around the sun, our human instinct is to…

Gratitude Day 20: Health

The older I get, the more I appreciate my health.  Although not perfect health, I do realize I could be worse off. The sad thing is I have put everything before my health but another day brings another opportunity to commit to a healthy me.

Gratitude Day 19: Peace of Mind

When I think of peace I think of serenity, the sound of waves in the ocean gently rolling back and forth where anxiety is washed away and calmness resides. No matter how loud the noise, the intensity of howling winds blowing down trees beating against brick houses. I see a woman sitting warmly in her…

Gratitude Day 18: Forgiveness

A big word deserving of a few big gulps.  Forgiveness is an action requiring people to swallow their pride, overlook offenses, get over themselves, see others for who they truly are and learn to accept them for such. There’s a saying you may have heard, ’forgive and forget’. I know what you’re thinking, it’s from…

Gratitude Day 17: Joy

“When we light another’s way we light our own as well.” This quote surrounded by white lights sits at a house in my neighborhood during the Christmas holiday. I shared before how I love to laugh, I love to be happy. Who doesn’t want to be happy?  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Outside things…

Gratitude Day 16: Progress

What is progress?  Move forward or onward. Progress (progressive), not to be confused with the insurance company, is one of those buzz words like diversity, equity, and inclusion people use to describe the change or at least their awareness of the meaning. The problem with progress is the measuring meter.  There are many examples to…

Gratitude Day 15: I Didn’t Go Off On Anyone Today

When someone comes at, approaches, speaks to, addresses you in a disrespectful manner time and time again, it is difficult to refrain from ‘going off’ giving them a piece of your mind, or as the women in my culture do, give them that have you lost your (fill in the blank) mind look and proceed…