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What Perseveres

I went looking for old photos today, to find a me with a smile. A me that said there were days of laughter and light. And there were photos like that, birthday parties and patent leather shoes, days at Central Park with my little brothers and gag gifts at Christmas.  425 more words

Becoming Catholic

Hanging the Tutu

Since I was 4 years old, black leotards and pink thights were my second skin. Everyday I was waiting anxious for the next ballet class. The days I didn’t have class, I’ll come home and spend the afternoon dancing through my own cd’s of Tchaikovsky.   948 more words

My Journal

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls is one of those towns you rarely hear about, but when you have a chance to spend a few days exploring it, you come to realize it is (cliche alert) an undiscovered jewel. 199 more words


b open

Sitting here at my writing perch this morning listening to the clank clank clank of some chain embellishment on a dress flop round and round in the dryer–contrasting with the Aura station on my Sirius.  369 more words


Strong and Transparent

These are old CD backups of my memoir, originally entitled Leaving Semesterland. Since its creation in April 2010, that title has changed many times.  For a while, it was simply… 1,302 more words


Mean People Suck

I was being bullied way before there were Anti Bullying campaigns, any kind of awareness at all or support of any kind. My teenage years were horrific, I hated going to school where I was made fun of every day, surrounded by packs of Mean Girls in the locker room, tripped in the hallways and made fun of for my clothes (even though they were top of the line and in style, how dare I wear them, they were only for the cool kids and I was not worthy). 652 more words


Duty (bk rvw)

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates

While I don’t agree with all of Robert Gates views outlined in this book, his heart and dedication to the people who serve our country is undeniable. 293 more words