yesterday i broke one of my favorite mugs. it shattered. slowly i collected the pieces and, as i did so, i knew they would never go back to the way they were. there would be no fixing this beautiful, one-of-a-kind treasure that was so recently gifted to me by a friend. the mug was broken; … Continue reading broken things.
Four years ago I embarked on a new journey: using fMRI to understand how the baby mind works. Do babies see and experience the world the same way we do? Using fMRI, I took pictures of Hope’s brain while she watched movies of kids, toys, and places. A new image of her brain appeared on … Continue reading 4 years.
Hi friends, I have embarked on a new journey. Well, it's actually a journey I've been on for a long time but, it's a new leg of that journey. This time I want to be vulnerable and share the process with others. To understand where I am now will require understanding a bit of my … Continue reading is god real?
Eleven years ago I gave birth. The doctor announced, "it's a girl," as she took this new life out of my body. Relieved, I released my breath and my body melted down into the bed. A girl. I have a daughter. I got my first glimpse of her and then, as the doctors and nurses … Continue reading 11.
Blogs. Books. Tweets. Facebook posts. Words. Some are beautiful and give you chills. Some are relatable. Some are practical. And some are downright hilarious. Words. Thoughts. Ideas. Images. A way to just say, "see me? I am here!" I just finished the written portion of my qualifying exam for grad school. 12 pages of words. … Continue reading Words.
After Hannah was born I had a desire to start running again. This desire was so strong, and so unusual for me, that her dad and I argued about whether or not it was appropriate for me to buy a jogging stroller. I insisted I would use it regularly. He said no way, it wasn't … Continue reading running
"Dear God, please I don't know why but, I want to feel special this year for my birthday. Please help me to know I am loved, and special. Help me to let go of my selfish desire for more." A simple prayer I prayed the night before my birthday. I am blessed in so many … Continue reading special.
I stood in the middle of the sidewalk. Cold mist fell on my tense body. I could not move. The signpost supported my immobile body. People passed and still, I stood. Unnoticed. Alone. Stuck. Frozen. Unable to move forward, I could not turn back. Far from home, I needed help. No one, I have no … Continue reading stuck
Our world is filled with so much brokenness, hate, and evil. Last week two black men were killed at the grocery store after the gunman failed to enter a predominately black church. Saturday, a group of Jewish believers were killed in their synagogue. These are just the latest two killings in a string of killings that have plagued our country -- people killed for the crime of.... of what? Living life? Being black? Being Jewish? It's too much for the human mind and senses to grapple with.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about love this year. I've read books, talked to people, and thought about it. A colleague calls it my love quest. What is love? My professor advises us to approach a novel problem by first thinking about it. Once you have a potential answer, go to the … Continue reading love quest