Outside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Somehow, I manage to stay out-of-the-way while everyone gets their luggage from overhead. There are no lines or orderly presentation here. As I watch the plane full of people slowly make their way past me, fictitious stories of their lives play out in my head. The young boys. Have they just come back from Paris or … Read moreOutside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Ascending To New Heights – I’m Almost Home

“Is your company traveling Iberia Señora?” the lady at customs asks me. “No. I’m flying alone.” “Is your company flying Iberia Señora?” she asks again. What company? I look behind me to make sure there isn’t suddenly an entourage that has appeared as my “company”. Why is it so hot in here? I’ve had to … Read moreAscending To New Heights – I’m Almost Home

One Week Down and I’m Happy

I feel like maybe my words are coming back to me after so long and that makes me happy. It’s a relief because writing is how I deal with my emotions. It’s cheaper than a therapist that’s for sure. And I can take it anywhere I go in this world. Which is how I ended up … Read moreOne Week Down and I’m Happy

Please Forgive Me: An Open Letter to My Son

The sun shone brightly in my window this morning waking me from a fitful sleep. Once again, I struggled all night to find peace beneath the blankets. My life; our lives have always been in disarray since you came into this world and I’m so very sorry for that. I’d like to say I did … Read morePlease Forgive Me: An Open Letter to My Son

You Don’t Have To Be Scared

A stranger told me I should talk to you. My first instinct was to scoff and ask, “Why?” Then he insisted. This time my thought was, “I’ve tried to talk to her before and the conversation just doesn’t flow.” Before you start sulking away and feeling sorry for yourself, hear me out. You are hard … Read moreYou Don’t Have To Be Scared

The Velvety Blackness – This Is My Life

Velvety blackness. For only a moment though. It becomes hardened as I focus on the depth of the darkness more. I open my eyes a bit wider, trying to take in as much light as I can but it’s not enough. The glow from halogen lamps outside struggle to penetrate the wooden shutters in my … Read moreThe Velvety Blackness – This Is My Life

To The Woman In Hijab – Thank You

I tugged on my dog’s leash and maneuvered both of us  past a water puddle. I haven’t been out of the house, really, in six days but today we went to the park for an hour. The first people I noticed were a young couple chasing each other around and laughing. I wished I was … Read moreTo The Woman In Hijab – Thank You

Happiness: Is This Feeling REALLY Mine?

It’s been so long since I just up and wrote a piece for the blog without thinking about it first. You know, mapping out my idea and how I would present it. Yet this morning I woke up with a clear head for once and wasn’t grumpy about getting out of bed. Although I did … Read moreHappiness: Is This Feeling REALLY Mine?

Unveiling Love: A Journey of Finding Myself

I’m sitting on my couch watching Netflix and simultaneously looking at the clock. Only an hour and a half until the meeting. I coordinated my schedule a week ago with my everyone so that I could make this meeting, yet I sit here not hearing a word from either of them about where the vehicles are … Read moreUnveiling Love: A Journey of Finding Myself

Say What? Insight Into Language Barriers

“You want to live here then speak our language. Otherwise go back!” Sound familiar? I certainly have never told anyone that, but I know a lot of people who have. I see it posted on social media daily. It’s embedded into conversations even. I can’t vouch for other countries though. I don’t know, if say, … Read moreSay What? Insight Into Language Barriers