THIS is my Tucson

I wrote this post on my blog this morning and thought I would share it here as well. There is so much discussion about politics in our state right now, and while I have been concerned about Arizona's pace for quite some time, this is a story that I want to share. I want people to know that Tucson is a unique community built on a strong foundation and our citizens are already working together to rise above. The wounds are still bleeding, but the healing has started.

Thanks for both comments and the positive words...


I Don’t Write To Hurt You, and I Believe You Don’t Write To Hurt Me

Honestly, I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. No troll on the internet could be worst than seventh grade. But I find it strange how MEANINGFUL and IMPORTANT a blog post or tweet or offhanded remark can be to someone. So important that they are willing to degrade their dignity or the dignity of another person. ...more

Well done, and much needed.

I think a lot of people, young parents in particular, seek out ...more

Practice stealthy acts of kindness.

During the holiday season everyone wakes up to the fact that need exists in the United States. Everywhere you look are food drives, gift drives, coat drives. Here’s a news flash: Need exists all year long, not just in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t get me wrong: I love it when people do nice things. I just wish it weren’t so holiday-specific. Pardon my grinchiness, but I think some of these once-a-year volunteers aren’t doing it for the homeless, the seniors or the kids. They’re doing it to make themselves feel good....more

Amazing Things Can Happen!

We were surprised this past week to hear the familiar chirping of a Titmouse on the patio. After all, it has been very wintery with blustery rains and bitterly cold temperatures. Could this be one of a pair that has inhabited the same birdhouse in CiCi’s Garden for the past five years? ...more

The River’s End

The week before Christmas and I’ve been sick. The past two days have been a complete wash. My husband brought me chicken soup yesterday, and my sweet little cat has provided a warm log of comfort as I’ve drifted in and out of sleep, never getting completely through any one of the Hallmark marathon of Christmas movies. But I count myself as hugely blessed because I am alive and will join my family shortly for all the festivities of the season. Not so for another woman who has haunted my thoughts over the past six days....more

Coyote Nightmares

A coyote is raised up with one paw on my arm, snapping at CiCi who I hold tightly to my chest, dodging as best I can to avoid her being bitten or taken. I wake up with my heart pounding and nearly knock CiCi from her place on the bed next to me as I lunge into an upright position....more

Sowing Good Seeds this Christmas - Real Values for the Holidays

We all tell our children to be kind to others. To treat others as we want to be treated. To be considerate and compassionate of others. And yet, we still fight the "me" mentality and struggle to convey what giving gifts symbolizes. Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or just the season has simply become a way for kids to get goodies and adults stretched so thin between engagements, they can't wait for the season to slow down. I got to thinking that this season isn't about what I am going to buy, wrap, or get; it needs to be about what I am going to do....more

I think the kindness list might be the best gift I can give my son this year. I have to admit, ...more

The Law of the Wild

Just-in-time reality rescues my heart again –for Thanksgiving! A dear friend sent me an email this past week with the following story. The Law of the Wild says kill only when you are hungry! Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw:...more

Blue Hour Civility

I looked in my purse, checked the pockets of my jacket, and rummaged all around on the floorboard in my car and still couldn’t find the key to our mailbox. With growing chagrin and mounting dismay I didn’t want to admit that I thought I knew where it was....more

QuickByte Fridays--Oprah's Acts of Kindness  ...more