Demolition Day

"Five. Four. Three--" Local news cameras panned to the protestors clustered around the barricades. "Two. One." Silence. The brick building seemed to lift from its foundation, and hang, suspended. Onlookers clicked photos with their phones. Then crumpled in a thick cloud of grey and red dust. Birds shrieked and darted, and the delayed sound of …

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Happy Birthday, Baby

My Outreach Program recently took me to a neighborhood where I stumbled upon a lovely birthday celebration, renewing -- Wait, what Outreach Program? I travel outside my circle of convenience to new or under-visited neighborhoods out of curiosity, to see the world anew and activate new neural pathways. Was this trek worth the effort? The urban development has been …

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Be the You-est You That You Can Be, Baby

The world needs you. Not just any you, but the most you that you can be. Lessons from my floral mural That's right -- I'm re-creating my floral mural! I had a floral mural. Then I had to dismantle it. It was gone forever and that made me sad. Even more sad than I expected. …

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