On Learning to Breathe

I often listen to podcasts while walking Marley early in the morning. Sometimes that podcast is Julie’s Library, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton-Hamilton reading children’s books together. Even though I am well over the proverbial hill, Julie’s calming, familiar voice and positive message always lift me up when I am struggling. I suppose … More On Learning to Breathe


I stumbled upon a moment of joy, something I nearly missed in my haste through the thorny brambles of worry and fear. It sat there so quietly, not asking for anything except to be noticed. I had thought joy would be gilded, ornate, but is was only a sigh of recognition, causing my heart to … More Joy

To the Brim

Wednesday was a rough day. Even though I rose at 5am to do kickboxing and walk Marley before I began my early teaching day, I felt weepy and overwhelmed. I know I am not alone. I have always loved teaching and performing, loved my career; but the current reality Covid has given us bears little … More To the Brim

The Last Day

We had our faculty retreat on Zoom this past Thursday, with my Chair jokingly welcoming us back from ‘spring break,’ an homage to the fact that the last time we were together we were heading into our spring break days before the world came to a screeching halt for the next five months. We began … More The Last Day

Finding Ms. Fay

After I wrote about my emotional encounter meeting and interacting with Ms. Fay last week, a wheelchair bound homeless woman here in Birmingham, several friends reached out saying they wanted to help. Some sent money for her and others are sending clothes and items that she can use. It made my heart so happy to … More Finding Ms. Fay

Lunch with Ms. Fay

We’ve seen her sitting there in the hot Alabama sun and humidity a couple of times now. She slumps over to the side in her wheelchair, looking defeated and sad, holding a paper cup out for those who take notice of her and give her some change or a few bills. Too many walk on … More Lunch with Ms. Fay