Connected Heroes

Project Reverb prompt: “Who was your hero this year? Tell us why. What makes a hero in your eyes?” It hasn’t been an uplifting year. The closest I can get is Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren. They speak up for students, for the disappearing middle class, for the disenfranchised and the …

Achievements unlocked: Selfie

Project Reverb prompt: “Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment this year?” Oh, ouch. Well there was something, but that just came to a screeching, grinding halt filled with goo. So….  I learned a lot. A huge amount. I stuck with some things, possibly when I shouldn’t, but I did get …

Unpleasant Words and Money Spent

Project Reverb prompt: “Where did you spend your money this year?  Did you save it instead?  What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?” Did better at saving. It went into vacations, kid’s school, home improvement and volunteering. Next year it will be home improvement, …

My voice letting go

Project Reverb prompt: “Letting go: For next year, I’m letting go of…” Anger and being taken advantage of. Walking on eggshells.  I have started speaking up for myself, but didn’t reckon on just how that wasn’t going to go over well sometimes. But it isn’t. Actions have consequences however, and …

The Lightening Rod of Hindsight

Project Reverb prompt: “Do Over: Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present.  Is there one moment you wish that you could do-over?” Oh..this is , sadly apropos. I would do over something recent. I would wait longer to say everything I’ve said. I wasn’t wrong, but my …

In the place where you are

Project Reverb prompt: “What didn’t you do this year because you were too scared, afraid, unsure? Are you going to do it next year? Or maybe you don’t want to anymore?” This year has not been the year for that as much. I have actually jumped in with all four feet …

I can’t talk

That’s what it feels like. I note distinct differences in how people communicate in the various places I’ve lived. In San Francisco, everything was exagerrated, overstated and intense. It wasn’t just a “bad date,” it was a “horrific, mind numbing excursion into the underbelly of boredom.” It wasn’t a ” …