On Being Cayenne

As with most story tellers, when I take on a topic I tend to dive in. Oftentimes, the essence of a story lives beyond the surface, beyond the obvious.  Back in 2014 we produced a special mini magazine, which featured a pair of lovely cayenne peppers on its cover. On a tight deadline, I only…

“Longitude” by Dava Sobel offers a fascinating history of space, time, politics, science, intrigue on the high seas, and more — one of my favorite reads!

Hard to believe that little more than 250 years ago ships were wandering around the oceans with no accurate means to determine longitude. I recently, for the second time, read the book “Longitude” by Dava Sobel (foreword by Neil Armstrong). The story is beautifully written, giving us more than a glimpse into the lives, minds,…

I’ve requested ACLU assistance to stop Colorado HB19-1110 on media literacy ed as it is “Censorship by Proxy,” First Amendment violation

I also submitted a Colorado Open Records request to Legislative Legal Services asking for any and all documents related to the Constitutional basis for the bill. I attended the Federal Court’s Pro Se Clinic in Denver as scheduled to learn how best to challenge Colorado HB19-1110 regarding media literacy curriculum for secondary education based on…

City sounds: I’m where I need to be right now

“Good morning Mom!” Are my favorite text messages. Love being in my daughter’s space these past few weeks… getting to know each other again… (I melted when I saw this little “Call Your Mom” block on the table next to her front door, of course. I know…) Feeling blessed beyond anything I could’ve possibly imagined….

Grandpa’s scrapbooks

A career US Marine who served in China and Korea after enlisting at age 14, my grandpa Albert Tidwell finally retired from military service in the late 1950s. He then became a teacher, professional writer, authored several books and wrote a weekly column in his local newspapers. He was a brilliant — and hilarious — storyteller…

When I forgave my parents, I found my… self

“And when he finally did let me drive, I tried to will myself to drive the car into a pole; I was that miserable. I didn’t want to be his wife; it meant I was his property; but I had you two little girls; and y’all were delightful; he was…” My mother’s voice trailed off,…

If a corporation is a “Person,” what’s its gender identity?

If everyone is equal under the law in the USA, no matter our gender, then why is gender identity causing so many conflicts in our courts and greater culture? And if corporations are considered to be people under the law, then those corporations must also have a gender identity, which is what? And how can…

As the chips, and the hair, fell from my shoulders …

Presence of mind Clarity of thought I know who I am For I see who I’m not While in the hair salon the other day, my awesome stylist, who has been cutting and coloring my hair for over a decade, commented that the past few times I’ve been in, she’s noticed that I seem much…

Healing to evolve with creative purpose: The Back Talk Cafe doll project

I started the doll project, BackTalkCafe.com, late 2016 with a simple idea: Create a story series using dolls as the character actors. Simple, no cost, no pressure. Yet, it unfolded in ways I could never have expected. Not enough gravity Mid-2016, reeling from the brutal end of a multi-year series of overwhelming losses and idealistic-shattering…