To the Festival! (Pride, that is)

To the Festival! (Pride, that is)

Pride festivals are much like other festivals, except for one thing. There is sooo much joy! I don't remember any other type of festival with so much positive energy. Yes, there are one or two grouchy grumps, and the protestors who are drowned out by choruses of "love is love", but for the most part, the Pride Festivals I've been to are filled with excitement, love, and hope.
June 06, 2023
It's almost Pride Month!

It's almost Pride Month!

Tomorrow kicks off the month of Pride. While I am excited about celebrating my friends and family in the LGBTQIA+ community, I am also sad and angry that the reason for this month still exists, here, in 2023.  So much misunderstanding, fear, and hate. Something has to shift. 
May 31, 2023
Wonderfully Unique- thoughts on the Kinsey Scale and the Klein Grid

Wonderfully Unique- thoughts on the Kinsey Scale and the Klein Grid

I am constantly amazed by what I don't know. This is one example. It makes total sense that one can be more or less Bi, right? I mean, people are all sorts of things on a continuum. I also love the idea that sexuality can be fluid and that we can "evolve and change over time". Give it a read and see what you think.

April 17, 2023
The one where we think about TikTok

The one where we think about TikTok

Well, I hate to admit it because I railed against it for so long, but today I have to admit that I enjoy the tik tok. I know you may not like that particular social media platform, and I will be the first to say that there are some absolute garbage/very offensive (at least to me) posts, but there are also so many lovely folks just sharing their lives and perspectives.
March 14, 2023
you need a 20-something mentor!

you need a 20-something mentor!

I’m always trying to keep up with my kid’s language, and they are always laughing at mine. You know what I'm talking about. It's the generational language, like, when I didn't know the real deal behind the phrase "hook you up" and they rolled their eyeballs, then kindly brought me up to speed. Or the first time they said, "that's low key" something or other and I had no clue what they meant. It's not a one-time thing, language evolves and just when I think I understand the vernacular, it totally changes. Ironically, even my kids don't get some of the slang of their younger counterparts. 
March 02, 2023
I am on my last nerve today

I am on my last nerve today

As my grandmother would say, I am on my last nerve today. I have no idea why, but everything is irritating me and I am just on the edge of throwing a tantrum. So, instead of throwing a tantrum and ruining everyone's day, I thought I would explore what I can do to turn my day around in case of a last-nerve emergency.
January 31, 2023
the one in which we just look at some really cute pets because they make us feel happier

the one in which we just look at some really cute pets because they make us feel happier

This week is share your pet photos week. We want to see them! Here are ours. I have two dogs and a cat with me (that are really Hannah's) and Hannah has two snakes.
January 25, 2023
labels labels labels

labels labels labels

So I"m thinking today about labels, and realizing that I don't much care for them when they are applied to me. I have never really enjoyed being put in a box and treated like I was like everyone else in that box. Even when the label seemed harmless, like "graduate student", it still came with implications about how I was to act or what I "should" do. 
January 17, 2023
Resolutions, anyone?

Resolutions, anyone?

Do you make resolutions? Do you stick with the traditional health and wellness promises? Do you scoff at the tradition? Ignore it all together? Go rogue and make plans for the year but make them about wild and extravagant hopes like a trip around the world or eating only things that start with the letter "r" the first weekend of every month? Inquiring minds want to know!
January 06, 2023
It's that time of year!

It's that time of year!

Happy December - cue the holidays!

This next part is all of the questions I have about how you celebrate the holidays, so if that kind of thing makes you roll your eyeballs, skip to the next part lol.

December 07, 2022
woman dancing en pointe outside

Dancing Beyond Gender Norms

Can you imagine, though,  what it would mean to young people who identify outside gender norms to see themselves represented on stage? Or the validation a non-binary individual might feel to be included in a company no matter their gender at birth? 

When I think about it, isn't this what needs to happen everywhere? Don't we need to burst our imaginary bubbles of what is traditional and "appropriate" regarding gender roles so that anyone of any gender can achieve their goals and live their dreams?

November 08, 2022
Longing for Belonging

Longing for Belonging

What I'm really thinking about today is belonging, family, and community. At Pride, for every person who came into our booth with a supportive family, there were others who looked at our pins and buttons wishing for parents or siblings or a community who would really see them and accept them for who they are. The longing for belonging was palpable and heartbreaking.
October 20, 2022