Encouragement, Gratitude

How A Community Can Help in a Crisis

The fires here in Ventura County and adjoining Santa Barbara still rage. The fire consumed 265,000 acres with 40% containment this morning. However, the fire has redirected to the city of Montecito which is now under evacuation. Hundreds lost homes, property, and pets. People remark those city icons and landmarks they've loved are no longer… Continue reading How A Community Can Help in a Crisis

Hope, Loss

Can We Move Towards Hope and Peace with a Hug?

Like many others, I'm trying to understand what’s going on in our nation. As a person who has been on both sides of the thin blue line (stopped over 50 times in my youth and a 30-year career in  criminal justice) it’s not difficult to understand how wounds fester and people get frustrated and beyond.… Continue reading Can We Move Towards Hope and Peace with a Hug?

Family, Inspiration, Parenting, Strong Women

The Pope and My Mother

I'm not a Catholic anymore, but like millions of people, I watched Pope Francis' visit to Washington D.C and the other parts of America. Since the day he became Pope, I admired his Christian demeanor and his actions above rhetoric. His compassion for the homeless, the children, and immigrants reminded me of a lesson my… Continue reading The Pope and My Mother

Art, Chingonas, Strong Women

Art and Community

  While reading a favorite blogger's post "Emotion on Canvas," this image caught my attention. Truthfully, all of Ray Ferrer's artwork catches my attention. The majesty of the ship, shrouded in the indigo shadows of night and ocean, seemed ominous. The words in the January 26th post were more forbidding: Hi Friends and Fans of… Continue reading Art and Community