Per Humanitatem ad Pacem

“I want to improve how humans are treating other humans right now. I think, especially with the civil unrest climate right now, it does tie in with Red Cross, but it's kind of my personal mission, I guess. I’ve had to be kind of an emotional sponge for everybody on my regional team.  Regional is …

Navigating a New Future

“Right now, to a large degree [my focus] is how do we organize ourselves to see if we can bring students back in the fall semester to the university; to have face-to-face classes, because many students are really missing that. And, well, the faculty miss them, too, and we miss them, too. So, we’re trying …

Staying Productive

“I am glad to be back at work. I was gone for like eight weeks. I painted my living room, my kitchen, my bathroom. Deep-cleaned everything. Went through all my clothes and my shoes. I have a bunch of those ready to donate, but I don’t think Safehouse is taking anything yet, so they’re just …

Worth The Sacrifice

“April 28, 1944. I’m 35 years old, in the belly of a US Navy LST landing ship as part of Exercise Tiger, a D-Day rehearsal. Just after 0200… BOOM! Smoke, confusion, screams, water and fire… A futile scramble to escape. Final thoughts of a wife at home, of family and mother and then… darkness.   …

Life Goals (part 2 of 2)

“My favorite part about the Cape community is the Christmas parade. So many people stand out there and cheer you on even though they don’t know who you are. They see SEMO athletics and cheer on the football team, softball team, soccer team, and all the other teams. It’s amazing hearing them shout for us …

Life Goals (part 1 of 2)

“I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. At the time [senior year of high school], I was not living with my family. I talk to all of them now, but at the time of moving up here, I did not talk to them. It was kind of hard, but a great transition coming to school …

Last Day of School

HoC - So, it’s the last day of school. “I thought it was interesting that you texted me that, because I've been bawling all day. I sent a video to my friends when I was mowing, and I did a Snapchat filter and it did a silly voice and I said, ‘Mowin’ and cryin’, mowin’ …

The Ringmaster

"These are my monkeys. This is my circus. "Being a mother is amazing, it’s exhausting, it’s full of trial and error and hoping you don’t screw somebody up for the rest of their life. No pressure! But overall, at the end of the day, it’s just pretty amazing that I have two big-hearted kids, you …

Bamboozled

“When we moved in, there was bamboo for the length of our fence, and it was 4’ deep. We wanted to put up a fence, so we cleared out a bunch of it. Look at the ground. You can see how far it came out. If I let it go, it would probably take over …