• We are all the same.

    On the way home from driving the carpool to school today, I was listening to our local public radio station’s morning show, First Coast Connect. They were discussing the ongoing struggle to get Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance updated. This will be the third time the city council has voted on it. It’s still legal to… [Read more]

    We are all the same.
  • Clarity on My Rules of Engagement on Facebook

      In this place, pictured above, I unplugged for a weekend with friends. Burnt out, frustrated, stressed and frazzled, I leaned into the advice circulating from various resistance groups to acknowledge fatigue. My friends and I set up camp. We built fires and set out elaborate and beautiful food spreads. We poured wine, broke bars… [Read more]

    Clarity on My Rules of Engagement on Facebook
  • Editing My Novel: The Value of Taking a Break

    When finished the second draft of my novel, The Perfect Traveler, I had a sludge of slow cooked emotions in my pot. Relief, pride, discouragement, frustration, embarrassment, achievement….never has the classic writing advice to, “put it away in a drawer for awhile and forget about it” felt like such a pressure value to me. I… [Read more]

    Editing My Novel: The Value of Taking a Break
The Lions of San Marco Square- shopping and dining district

What Happens When You Unplug? Using Technology-Free Time to Make Smart Decisions

I'll start with the scary part. Last year, about 13 months ago, I thought I was having a heart attack. At 38. I was driving out of the Target parking lot in the afternoon. I was also talking on the phone, checking for texts … [Read More...]

Photo taken at Olio Restaurant on E. Bay St. Or as one instagrammer said, "Perhaps where Ebay gets their Dry Goods"

The Power of No: Setting Personal and Work Boundaries for Greater Productivity and Integrity

Why can’t people get work done at work? It was the premise of a very good talk by Inc. columnist and 37signals co-founder Jason Fried at TEDxMidwest. He articulated the need of “creatives” – designers, programmers, writers, … [Read More...]

Photo taken on the dock of Mandarin Park @Julington Creek after a perfect summer rain.

Dreams as Plot Lines

I discovered something interesting about writing as a practice this week. First, my disciplined habit: It's my practice to get up early, usually around  5 or 5:30, in order to write in a quiet house before our days get started. … [Read More...]

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Understanding My “Why”

I love ideas. I like the strategic and efficient use of resources. I deeply value connectivity and relationships. I love words and people, eye contact and "aha" moments. I pour these passions into my pursuits. I do it through … [Read More...]

Equal Rights are Human Rights

We are all the same.

On the way home from driving the carpool to school today, I was listening to our local public radio station’s morning show, First Coast Connect. They were discussing the ongoing struggle to get Jacksonville’s Human Rights … [Read More...]

Girls Campout Site, Ginnie Springs, Florida

Clarity on My Rules of Engagement on Facebook

  In this place, pictured above, I unplugged for a weekend with friends. Burnt out, frustrated, stressed and frazzled, I leaned into the advice circulating from various resistance groups to acknowledge fatigue. My … [Read More...]

Blackwing Palomino sharpened and ready for the editing ahead.

Editing My Novel: The Value of Taking a Break

When finished the second draft of my novel, The Perfect Traveler, I had a sludge of slow cooked emotions in my pot. Relief, pride, discouragement, frustration, embarrassment, achievement....never has the classic writing advice to, … [Read More...]