Gratitude Day 12: Friends

Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on? Friends, how many of us have them?  Friends, before we go any further. The rap group Whodini came out in the early eighties.  They had cuts like Five Minutes of Funk and The Freaks Come Out At Night but the one that…

Gratitude Day 11: Protection

As we honor our veterans today I can’t help but meditate on protection and how there are times we’re unknowingly sheltered from danger.  When the enemy is lurking in the shadow ready to attack, when the weapons form but nothing comes of it.  Then there are times we know without doubt protection has come our…

Gratitude Day 10: The Beach

I would not consider myself a nature-girl.  I don’t hike, fish, camp, ski or whatever. I tried them, not my thing. One place I love to be, however, is the beach. A room with a view for me is a necessity, not a commodity.  I need to fall asleep and wake up seeing this indescribable…

Gratitude Day 9: Shelter

Yesterday, I briefly mentioned a project our summer camp students participated in surrounding homelessness. My topic today coincides perfectly.  Years and years ago I myself experienced being without a home. I will never forget that feeling.  I am not ashamed of my journey.  It is what makes me who I am.   Long before that…

Gratitude Day 8: The Arts

People who know me, know me, know I was the kid who danced all of the time with friends, in front of my parent’s friends at house parties, alone in my room.  My family will tell you, from elementary through high school, no one had to beg me to dance.  When the music came on,…

Gratitude Day 7: Confession

Hey Full-Time Women, I have a confession! I know, I know, confessions are for Catholics and religious people, to rid us of our guilt and cleanse us from our sin. Confession involves honesty and being vulnerable. If confession is truly good for the soul then I should feel better after I confess I thought I…

Gratitude Day 6: Community

What is a community?  I’m pretty sure we have a general idea of what that word means but, you know me, I looked it up in the dictionary so we can all be on the same page in our understanding.  Community: a group of people living in a particular local area; common ownership; a group…

Gratitude Day 5: Elders

There is something about sitting at the feet of elders.  I’m literally like a little child at story time listening to their favorite book being read.  Elders are hilarious.  I guess they get to a certain age and stop trying to craft how words come out of their mouths.  They just say whatever is on…

Gratitude Day 4: Family

Family: a social unit living together; primary social group; parents and children; people descended from a common ancestor Last year around this time, I posted a photo on Instagram of me and my crew performing at an event.  Someone commented, “Down like four flat tires”.  Flat tires? Really?  Don’t get me wrong I understand the…

Gratitude Day 3: Freedom

I am grateful for freedom. Freedom to breathe deeply, to inhale all that is good, refuse what does not feed my soul, benefit my well-being. Freedom of expression, faith, belief, to speak my truth, remain silent. Freedom to love. Freedom to like or dislike, to agree or disagree. Freedom to imagine, explore, create, grow, sink…