Won't you be my neighbor?

When I was little, we spent a lot of time with our neighbors. The teenage daughter was our babysitter, the older son cast us in the adventure movies he liked to direct and we would go over to their house for parties often. ...more

I Don't Understand!

I recently overheard a conversation that went something like this:Elderly, white middle class guy from the Midwest #1, "I don't understand those people in Ferguson. What does rioting have to do with justice?"...more

Let There Be Peace On Earth, And Let It Begin With Me

The news is overwhelming these days. I can't remember a time in my own life when so many stories of war and unrest were pouring in from so many parts of the world, simultaneously. It saddens and sickens me to hear the reports. Hundreds have died here. Thousands over there. This country is aligning with that one to defeat the one over there. Killing and more killing. Bloodshed and more bloodshed. An eye for an eye and the world is going blind....more

Mass & Mochas

A while ago an old friend of mine contacted me to see if I'd be interested in joining a small faith-sharing group she wanted to start up. We would meet once a month for mass and then have coffee afterwards and chat about the readings, our lives, and anything else that we might want to bring to the table. I am someone that has to be intentional about stepping out of her comfort zone, so while this was something I was interested in, I really wasn't sure how it was going to go or if I'd even feel comfortable meeting up with strangers and talking about...stuff. I put my anxieties aside and said yes, hoping that I could recruit a friend to go with me so that I wouldn't have to be alone....more

The Stop Community Food Centre -Night Market!

Night Market Friends!...more

Rope for Hope - Make A Wish

Err... I may have been screaming in this photo :)...more

Find Your Tribal War

“Find your tribe.”This is advice commonly given to new mothers. It used to be the tagline for Mothering magazine’s online forums (they’ve changed it to Connect With Other Moms, maybe indicating that mom tribes are on the way out – but members still organize themselves by the tribe system). Babywearing tribe? Breastfeeding tribe? Atheist/agnostic tribe? Choose one to find a group of “like minded mamas” where you will feel at home....more
LaurenBonk Thanks! I know, I always have that problem!more

Surrounding My Autistic Son With Community That Matters

When I think about my son's future—and that includes his future without me, seeing as autistic kids, like most kids, tend to outlive their parents—there are three things I desperately want for him: 1) I want Leo to be known and loved in his community. 2) I want Leo to be understood and accepted for who he is. 3) I want Leo's personal wishes respected. ...more
Such a great post. Thank you.more

Mother's Day: Why It's Not About Me

I have an expectation problem. A big one. A few times a year, as special holidays approach (and by "special" I mean the ones that are supposed to be about me) I start to imagine all the ways I will be honored and surprised and showered with gifts. I imagine the parade, I anticipate the pampering and the pedicure, and I contemplate how I will have my eggs prepared for my breakfast in bed. So perhaps it is no surprise that I am usually disappointed. ...more
Love your perspective! It made me rethink my own.... :)more

Using Social Media To Create Community

Using Social Media To Create CommunityIf you are a blogger like me, you spend a large portion of your day in front of your computer screen....more