Melting Pot

Women’s March a Tidal Wave of Momentum

What started with a casual Facebook post turned into a global day of coordinated protest the likes of which has never been seen before. Estimates have ranged from three to over five million people participating worldwide. In spite of the then President-Elect instructing the National Park Service to…

Paying Respect to Survivors: A Journey Home

I was born and raised in Germany. As a child, we learned a lot about the horrors of the Holocaust in history class. It was hard to believe that this had happened in my country. I couldn’t even fathom how people could do such evil things to each…

Project Say Something: History and Race in Florence, AL

The Ambiguities of Race and the Permanence of Slavery: A Look at George W. Farris, Escaped Slave   Homer Plessy Newspaper accounts from across the nation in the 1850s tell the tale of an escaped slave calling himself George Washington Farris. The story detailed by these accounts highlights…

Karibu (Welcome) Kenya

For many years I have wanted to visit a country in Africa but could not decide which one I wanted to visit first. After months of pondering and researching multiple countries I decided Kenya would be my first African country to visit. After weeks of research on Kenya…

The Parable of the Prodigal Daughter

Our identity is a specific marker of how we define ourselves at any particular moment of life. Discovery and claiming our unique identity is a process of growth, change and renewal throughout a lifetime. This is my story – a brief part of what I call the projection…

Fear vs. “That Voice”

This was a lesson in the process of managing fear so I can hear what I need at all times. We must learn to capture these understandings for daily use…maybe even to save our own lives. I wasn’t afraid but cautious and vigilant. I surveyed the room again…

An Ongoing Process

It is said that it takes an average of about 7 years to get a proper bipolar disorder diagnosis. Mainly because people only seek help when they’re depressed. I believe it. I first went to therapy when I was 17, in 2001, and was told that I have…

Crossroads

“I don’t know what to do… can you help me? “.. were the words spoken to me from a lady whom I had just hired and who was living with a partner threatening physical & sexual abuse. My immediate response was, “YES!”  I had no idea how this…