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

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

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

I Am The Hippo

Several months ago I watched a documentary series about Africa on Netflix. I’m not really too big into the wildlife. While the animals are magnificent and fun to watch in their native habitat, I find myself just admiring the background scenes and more importantly the social interactions between the animals in a herd. Part of … Read moreI Am The Hippo