Tragedy's Beauty: The Courage of Human and Hero

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comThere’s a sort of beauty in tragedy. It’s an inevitable part of the human experience, even in the unlikely scenario the only tragedy a person ever faces is their own death. Maybe this is due to my current optimistic personality or my history of being a youth. Either way, I can’t help but appreciate the sadder moments in life for the beauty an impact they can have, if only you look....more

Powerful Beyond Measure

What gives words their power in our lives? Is it the context in which they’re used? Is it the speaker or the writer of them? Or is it the words themselves, the combination of them, that gives them power?...more

Remember How You Feel

Imagine you’re at a crossroads today…which will you choose? Are you going to be average or memorable?...more

How Maya Angelou Touched My LIfe. My Gratitude.

Maya Angelou spoke at Bill Clinton's Inauguration in 1993 as Poet Laureate.  There was just something about this soft-spoken woman woman that riveted me to the TV screen.I  knew her voice was going to be important for me....more

Heroes Through Courageous Acts

Wow! I’m impressed! As I continue to hear my friend’s story my thoughts turn to OMG, then outrage, and then compassion. Her story weaves and turns like the good storyteller that she is. In the story she shares a piece of her life that encompasses the seductiveness of power, the climax, and the heroine walking away scarred, yet intact....more

Crosspost: The Paradox of Fear

Pretending to Be Courageous for My Son

Yesterday Zach and I went ice-skating for the first time together. I haven’t skated in decades, and I remember being spectacularly bad at it. I had absolutely no body awareness until I was in my early ‘20s and started doing aikido....more

Reverb 2013 - Day 3

My low point.I think my lowest point this year was when both Baby and I were sobbing simultaneously. I had been struggling and struggling, trying to get things right, then just trying to get things....more

Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95: We Will Remember His Legacy

[Editor's Note: South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 on December 5, 2013. His legacy of non-violent action for racial equality will be remembered as it was by Lisa Owen, who wrote this beautiful post earlier this year when Mandela was admitted to the hospital. --Grace] ...more
It's one of the saddest day in history. He will be remembered always as a man who devoted his ...more

On Being Vulnerable

Last week there was this beautiful theme circulating on many of the blogs I read. Each writer, in their own way, reminding themselves and their readers that perfection is what holds us back from being happy, connecting to others, and being true to ourselves. It's recognizing that who we are is ENOUGH that matters and creates change......more