Happy New Year! Thank you so much for reading my blog. In August, I started submitting guest posts to other sites. I have gained followers, yes, but more importantly, community, support, and exposure. Thank you editors, fellow bloggers and readers! In honor of the success, I am sharing my top guest posts for 2014. Coming […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Speak Your Soul

Yesterday, I posted about my miscarriage. There were a few reasons for that post. One, miscarriages, and other things that make us uncomfortable—relationship issues, mental illness, learning disabilities, racism, sexism—need to become part of our regular discourse. Every conversation doesn’t have to be an NPR broadcast, but be real. It will feel so good. I […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Speaking My Soul

As I talked with a friend recently, she made a personal comment about her marriage. In return, I spoke candidly about my seventeen year union. She nodded; she and her husband had hit the fifteen year mark with similar challenges. Within minutes, we had bonded on a new level. We all share life experiences and […]

IN OTHER WORDS | She Was My Friend, Then We Broke Up

How many books are written about break-ups? What about songs or movies? The end of a love affair is big business and is universal. But what about the end of a friendship? How do we break-up with a friend? Sometimes, the evolution of a friendship is organic and easy. We take the hint, phone calls […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Close Happens

I’ve been married seventeen years. We have. That’s a long time. Two kids, one miscarriage, two inter-city moves, one cross-country relocation, two cat losses, several rough periods that tested our spirit, and yet. Close still happens. This weekend we have a getaway planned. It’s not much, just us in our hometown at a hotel while […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Women and the Power of Talk

I love the Internet. I love Facebook, email, Twitter, Instagram, and I’m even warming to Google+. But, not much replaces talk.  Especially with women friends. It used to be get togethers, the “Girl’s Night Outs.” And I still love those but the reality is, those are now few and far between. People are busy; some […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Free Yourself Be Yourself

Let love come into your heart It’s a perfect way to start Who remembers The Brothers Johnson song? I dare you to not dance. Wiggle just a little bit. Twirl even. Go ahead and groove. I listened to that song hundreds of times as a teen. My favorite parts: the inspirational shout outs like: Live your life girl You […]

IN OTHER WORDS | These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’ and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet. You keep samin’ when you oughta be changin’. Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet. Now, I know Nancy Sinatra sings of an angry break-up, romance-style. This blog is not about romance. But is […]


A Change is Gonna Come It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will . . .  Sam Cooke sings of a different kind of struggle with change than that which I’ve faced in the last two years. I wasn’t born in a tent, I […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Amongst The Waves

Amongst The Waves If not for love I would be drowning I’ve seen it work both ways, but I am up Riding high amongst the waves We arrived in Austin on October 22, 2011. Our new hometown greeted us with warm weather and a tiny 1,100 square foot apartment. The months that followed were filled […]