The Water Bearers

I live in the Sonoran desert but like most people in the United States, I never put too much thought into where our water comes from. The faucet, duh. Recently, I started collecting water that would usually go down the drain and am using it to water my outdoor plants. I’m embarrassed to admit I … Continue reading The Water Bearers

Our Many Faces

April is Alcoholism Awareness Month, the purpose of which is to increase awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma associated with alcoholism. It’s the stigma and fear associated with it that often prevents people and their loved ones from seeking help. The word alcoholic makes people uncomfortable, both alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike. For me, … Continue reading Our Many Faces

Resistance is Futile

Change is going on all around me; in my personal life, in the lives of people I care about and in the lives of total strangers. In a lot of ways, I really like change but lately I’ve been feeling resistant to it.  You don't have to be a Trekkie to understand what the Borg … Continue reading Resistance is Futile

That Crazy Concept Called Forgiveness

Something amazing happened to me and it’s deep. Believe it or not, I actually write about more than assholes and Barbie dolls. (On a side note, I promised my cousin Barb that I’d start referring to 20-somethings as amaze-holes instead. It’s more fitting, don’t you think? I did something kind of crazy. I friended the … Continue reading That Crazy Concept Called Forgiveness

Crazy Good Parent Guest Post

I was honored when Janice at Crazy Good Parent asked me to write a guest post. Crazy Good Parent is an encouraging site that tackles the unique challenges of parenting while coping with the various mental disorders and issues that many of us face. Rather than use the phrase “mental illness”, Janice refers to it … Continue reading Crazy Good Parent Guest Post

Night Terrors and Miracles

I love sharing insights that I’ve gained through sobriety, spirituality and parenting and I admit that I like to wrap things up in neat little packages. I don’t usually post until I’ve come to some sort of conclusion that I (and hopefully others) can learn from. I like finding meaning, lessons and most of all, … Continue reading Night Terrors and Miracles

Home

Grandpa was 89 when he died on Veteran’s Day. He had recovered from other serious illnesses and while I knew there was a chance he could recover again, this time felt different. When the end came, there were several family members surrounding and holding him. The bed was down as low as it could go … Continue reading Home

International Label Day

Today is International Label Day and I was asked by Rarasaur, the person who “invented” this holiday, to participate in the celebration. As Rara describes it, "International Label Day is celebrated November 21st. This holiday celebrates the beauty of the words we choose to let shape us, the subcultures that we are proud to be … Continue reading International Label Day

I Am A New Believer and a Jesus Feminist

Sarah Bessey wrote an amazing book called Jesus Feminist that I devoured like candy. In her book, she shares her insights on the role of women in the church. As a new Christian and as someone still learning the “language”, I was never exposed to the varying opinions on what roles of women in the church should … Continue reading I Am A New Believer and a Jesus Feminist

Let It Change Me

My firstborn is almost 5 years old. My husband and I were talking the other day and I told him that I haven’t felt this content in my life since I was pregnant with our son. Basically, I haven’t felt any lasting contentment in over 5 years. That’s a long time. When I think back … Continue reading Let It Change Me