The Pastoral Is Political – The Impromptu Journey Back

I refuse to believe that I am alone in revising my life and reassessing goals on the fly. I had a different plan but join me on this impromptu, unplanned journey back into 2020 with hopes for an improved 2021 ahead. I had to let go of what I wanted and initially dreamed of embracing the gems of the reality of 2020. Read More

The Pastoral is Political : Domestic Violence – A Clear Perspective

My parents recently relocated to sunny Florida.  They are temporarily staying with my sister and her husband and their three youngest children that are still at home.  My parents are having a blast spending time with the grandchildren.  Although they are enjoying the time spent with the grandchildren weekdays; their weekends are set aside for… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: What’s Love Got to Do With It

To all those that have served or are currently serving in the United States of American (U.S.A.) armed forces, thank you. Today in the U.S.A. we remember.  We remember, honor, and celebrate great men and women that have sacrificed their lives while serving in our in the country’s armed forces.  As a granddaughter of a… Read More

A First Love to Remember

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” Rumi Who doesn’t remember their first love?  Stomach butterflies.  The love notes.  The long conversations the two of you had about nothing at all.  Just… Read More

A Public Passion Masking a Private Pain

“My demons won today. I’m sorry.” MarShawn McCarrel Today is February 15, 2016. In the United States of America, it’s the following observances: President’s Day – a federal holiday enacted in 1879, initially established to celebrate America’s first president, George Washington’s, birthday. However today we honor all of our president’s. Black History Month – we are… Read More

There’s a Feminist in the Book of Genesis

I am a seventies baby. I was born in 1970 and I heard, read and experienced a lot around civil rights, women’s rights, feminism, glass ceilings, etc. I was raised in a middle class community where my family was clearly the minority. My elementary and high schools were comprised of kids from my community, predominately… Read More