The Gift of Mentoring

Her act of kindness transformed a moment of ache into a memory of love. I am so incredibly thankful for Crystal and her role in my life. She made a heartfelt choice to support and guide me towards my dreams. She continues to be in my life and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without her mentoring and care!

Making My Mess, My Message

As I near a milestone birthday this month (the big 4-0!), I want to share some personal memories from my life journey…I am going to quickly review each decade and close out this blog with a reflection & lessons about my story progressing this year. My Journey: 1977-2017 Decade 1:  1977-86 Memories: Little sister, onlyContinue reading “Making My Mess, My Message”

Self-care and so much more…at Ohio Reach’s first College Retreat!

I have attempted to keep my writing separate from my work, but this week,  my professional career and personal journey of transformation blended. This week, we conducted a week-long conference and  inducted new Scholars (former foster youth) into the Columbus State Scholar Network. We have nearly 20 students this semester! Yesterday, Columbus State Community CollegeContinue reading “Self-care and so much more…at Ohio Reach’s first College Retreat!”

The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak,Continue reading “The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.”

Remembering Crispin Webb

Tonight, I came across a flash-drive and found so many images and memories of a friend of mine, Crispin Webb; he died on Thanksgiving day, on November 23, 2006. A few years ago, my son was born the week before Thanksgiving, so I am reminded each year of how life miraculously comes into the world,Continue reading “Remembering Crispin Webb”

Learn the facts & take action now

In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I wanted to share this online article: Five Facts To Remember On The UN’s International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women I did this painting (below) over three years ago, it illustrates many things, but I believe that it captures theContinue reading “Learn the facts & take action now”