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Protected: The Downward Spiral of Despair

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Oregon’s Ballot Measure #9 and Community Trauma

Photo from noonmeasure9.com The year was 1992; I was a Senior at Canby Union High School, in the outer burbs of Portland, Oregon. The desire to escape all that was high school and the town of Canby tore at me, like a gust of… Continue Reading “Oregon’s Ballot Measure #9 and Community Trauma”

When a Singular Story Threatens to Divide People and Communities

As a social worker, and an empath, it’s not easy to watch the people in my life and those in my community become so divided on an issue, that on the most basic level is about honoring people, celebrating diversity and believing that people,… Continue Reading “When a Singular Story Threatens to Divide People and Communities”

Change Takes Courage

The wonder that I experience while watching a butterfly effortlessly glide through the sky escapes words. I’ve been drawn to these magnificent creatures since I was a young child, and would often chase them through my yard, hoping that one would find me desirable… Continue Reading “Change Takes Courage”

The Mason Jar

A mason jar sits, bursting at the rim with a rainbow of marbles Each marble has been earned through small acts of kindness across time The glass is thick, built to withstand criticism and missteps Just so long as those hurtful acts are greatly… Continue Reading “The Mason Jar”