A Wanderful Woman’s Guide to Santa Fe, New Mexico

I want to thank the Wanderful community for including my Santa Fe travel guide on their blog. If you have never heard of Wanderful, it is an international community of female travelers who offer travel advice and verified homestays to other female travelers. They also strive to make the travel industry more equitable by elevatingContinue reading “A Wanderful Woman’s Guide to Santa Fe, New Mexico”

Stranger on the Beach

There are many perks to living in Southern California – namely that February beach days are a thing.  When we arrived one mid-morning, it was chilly enough to need sweatshirts but the bright sunshine glinted off the sand.  The beach was nearly deserted.  While my husband and I assembled our beach tent, my little guysContinue reading “Stranger on the Beach”

What I Learned About Relationships as a Child of Divorce

The Grotto Network published my article reflecting about love and marriage in the context of growing up amid divorce.  The follow-up piece will be published in a few months and will basically be my advice to a young adult whose parents have recently divorced.  If you are not familiar with The Grotto Network, it isContinue reading “What I Learned About Relationships as a Child of Divorce”

Slow Fade of Friendship

As milestones go, one’s 20th High School Reunion hardly seems significant compared to the funerals, weddings, graduation, etc. affected by this virus. And yet, milestone it was. Reunions often seem to prompt some kind of mild (or full-on crisis-level) identity crisis.  Is this who I wanted to become?  No offense to my 18 year-old self,Continue reading “Slow Fade of Friendship”

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Just in time for Lent, this curry is vegan and gluten-free. Sweet potatoes are one of those all-time magical foods. My little ones universally love them.  Even though they won’t try this curry per se, they will happily eat the cooked sweet potatoes with a side of rice. Sweet potatoes are nutritionally dense, filled withContinue reading “Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry”

Why I Am Finally Giving Up Social Media for Lent

For the last few years, there has been a distinct trend in my online social networks.  As Ash Wednesday approaches, it becomes clear that there are a few people preparing to give social media up for Lent.  Last year, I puzzled that I may be one of the few remaining Catholics on social media whoContinue reading “Why I Am Finally Giving Up Social Media for Lent”

Books for Black History Month

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche Author Chimamanda Adiche was born and raised in Nigeria.  She now splits her time between Nigeria and the United States.  One has to wonder how much of Ifemelu, one of the two main characters in Americanah, is modeled on the author’s own experience.  Ifemelu is a strong, vibrant woman whoContinue reading “Books for Black History Month”