happy birthday you…

happy birthday you…

I heard her laugh often. I saw her mean. I watched her love. I learned from her silent action to do for someone else. Always. Always for someone else. She was not of the generation that considered the idea of self-care. I loved the way her wrinkly fingers would wash my lips after we ate [...]

Gigi & Nate

Gigi & Nate

Every once in a while a story comes along that stirs us so deeply we may never quite be the same. I was fortunate to be invited to screen the new Roadside Attractions film Gigi & Nate, which releases on September 2nd. As both a die-hard film AND animal lover, it may surprise others to [...]

a forbidden love…

a forbidden love…

In the spring of my sixth-grade year, my friend asked me if I wanted to skip school with her. She was part of an eclectic group of middle schoolers who left campus often for things like fast food, hanging out, and anything other than dull afternoon periods. I was terrified, but coming into a braver [...]

A catfish tale, and why they matter…

A catfish tale, and why they matter…

{I'm giving this song back to you–it has always been true, in unconventional ways: I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden} Roughly a million years ago, back in the stone-aged time of the internet being relatively new, I was catfished. This was well before Nev Schulman coined the term, back when no one knew [...]

July moments…

July moments…

I have procrastinated this July lesson post because I'm just not in the mood. I'm tired. I'm stressed. In these two ways, I am just like the majority of us... I get it. This month felt long, short, and like it dragged on forever while it also somehow sped by in a blink. My biggest [...]