Get to Know Noke

Proud to be featured on the Get to Know Noke blog this week. http://roanoke.org/Get2KnowNoke/News/April-2016/Roanoke-Celebrities-Find-Them-on-Twitter-this-Week.aspx Also proud to announce that my baby (the reason I keep giving myself that I don’t have time to write) turned one yesterday. No baby no more. It all really just means I’ve got to get to writing!

Pokemon: A lesson in adaptability

Fog greeted the day, and steady rain played background to our playful chatter. Tucked away in a toasty home, we barely cared the sun never showed up this Sunday. We spent the afternoon getting odd jobs done around the house and attempting to decipher the Pokemon trading card game. Pokemon is complicated. The cards evolve … Continue reading

Parenting from a Place of Healing

I am on a journey. I chose a path of self-discovery and recovery, equipped with a determination to live intentionally and love responsibly. Self-discovery constantly unveils new layers of personality to be tended and cultivated. The path constantly grows and shifts, revealing new alcoves of sunshine and new life; uncovering tangled vines and challenging roots. … Continue reading

Work: It’s What I Do

I value hard work. It took me some time to realize the intrinsic link between that value and my worldview. A hard worker is as attractive to me as sculpted arms or deep chocolate eyes. On days I feel unproductive, my sense of self worth plummets. For me, recognizing how I view hard work was … Continue reading

A Woman with Intention

Propped on the bedside, nylon stockings stretched under A-line skirt, I stroke his soft cheek. Waiting for him to stir, I cherish a rare quiet moment. I coax him from under the warm covers with soft kisses and a slow back scratch. I intend: To bring him into a new day gently and kindly. To … Continue reading

Where Memories Live

I sat where I sit right now, night after night, at the dining room table that once belonged to our grandmother. We talked. I thought he listened. My words must have sounded hollow. I once again teetered on the brink of losing myself—withdrawing from what I knew I needed in favor of what I thought … Continue reading

Letting My Child Go: A Practice in Saving Me

Yellow buses crawl across the front parking lot, puffing and hissing with each nudge. A mother shuffles her small herd across the sidewalk, smiling and scolding them in turn. Bright headlights wind one after another off the crowded main street, blinking in the early morning light. I crane to watch out the side window as … Continue reading

Communication Addiction

I’m addicted to communication. Communication—email, texts, social media—serves me professionally as a fundraiser and personally as a writer and blogger. Still, I realize my need to interact with others can lead to unhealthy habits. Like perimeter shopping in the grocery store, I’m learning to choose the freshest ideas and communicate in the healthiest ways rather … Continue reading