#blacklivesmatter

I’m Disappointed In My (White) Friends

Many of my friends disappoint me. Today, devastate may be a more accurate term. Here’s the deal. Some of my white friends have in no way, 0%, showed any support at all for the #blacklivesmatter movement. Not even an acknowledgement said in passing to me. It’s like it doesn’t exist to them. Which is impossible. My friend Stacia and I talk about the pressure to be … Continue reading I’m Disappointed In My (White) Friends

Long shadows of two people standing side by side. The shadows are in an expanse of sand.

Waking with Sand on My Skin

This afternoon, I read through a book of my handwritten poems from 2005 to today. I read them backwards, and when I got to October of 2005, I found this: You’ll never know what the discovery of that day means to a sleepy traveler hoping to wake up with sand on her skin… Sleepy indeed. I spent last semester reacquainting myself with teaching introductory psychology … Continue reading Waking with Sand on My Skin

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Looking back: Ethics and leadership defined by human superiority (and, I got my diploma!)

Having just received my MPA diploma in the mail (it really happened!), I couldn’t help but think back to my experience learning about public policy and administration.  I particularly remember one summer ethics and leadership course, but not for the reasons you may suspect (bad behavior of politicians, anyone?).  I took similar classes in my MSW program years ago so I expected it to be the … Continue reading Looking back: Ethics and leadership defined by human superiority (and, I got my diploma!)

On Leaving Social Media (for now)

I just announced my decision to leave personal social media – delete the apps and walk away – to the shock of many (I dare say, all).  Like most, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have become integral components of my daily life.  I enjoy posting, sharing, and connecting.  I plan to come back, but for now, I’m intentionally taking the “social” out of my online life. There is … Continue reading On Leaving Social Media (for now)