Floods are among the most devastating phenomena on the planet occurring as a the result of super storms and breaches in water containment structures. They are indiscriminate overtaking anything in their path including humans.  Of course, as I write this, the sky is a deep blue serving as the backdrop to Jacaranda leaves without […]

How Teens (can) Survive a Flood

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech indicted America; there are no two ways about that. Five score separated the United States from Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation and the march on Washington, still arguably touted as the greatest peaceful protest that Washington D.C. has ever hosted. That’s 100 […]

When courage and dreams become contagious

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I just opened the freezer on a dreary Thursday morning during winter break and grabbed the cookie dough (I don’t bake by choice). It’s nearing time to go back to teaching but today I’m ’bout to eat these cookies in the middle of the day. Let me tell you why… […]

Reloading hope

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Almost 20 years ago I earned a B.A. in print journalism from Chapman University and in the process worked for several news outlets, freelancing and honing a writing craft I thought would become a lifelong profession. I was journalism student of the year when I graduated and had departmental honors. […]

You don’t belong

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Researcher Julia Galef recently offered great insights on the idea of a Scout mindset vs. Soldier mindset pointing out that most people see their interactions with others as a competition. Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose reflecting the philosophy of an unreformed “Ricky Bobby” (Talladega Nights 2006). Samuel Clemons, better […]

Are you a Scout or a Soldier?