A flock of feathered friends gather 'round the feast, telling jokes and stories, bantering with great ease. Along comes a scruffy one who wants to join the fun. He squeaks a touching tune but the others turn and run. Different feathers, different tune, different all around. The little bird takes refuge in the morning sun.… Continue reading Different Bird
Why is it so common for us to be encouraged either directly or in very subtle ways to fit in with our peers? We can be made to feel bad for standing out in a crowd, whether it is how our bodies look, how we dress, or what we believe. We can also feel uncomfortable… Continue reading Daring to be DIFFERENT
Love's worn hand leads me through the fray, shuffling aside the duty calls to the crowd's dismay. "Shine your shoes!" "Fix your blues!" "Donate your soul today!" Love knows that true freedom never obligates. Freedom is as freedom does but the jury can't decide if love is telling the truth or if love is telling… Continue reading Duty Calls
The struggle to find peace and happiness within ourselves can feel like an uphill battle. As a teenager, I was incredibly socially awkward and self-conscious. Happiness was fleeting as a sideways comment from a friend could bring me down. In art class in high school, I painted an image of a naked young woman curled… Continue reading Escaping the Prison of Your Mind
Shine on little bright star, it's what you do the best. Don't care how others see you or if you fit in with the rest. Trust that you are seen and heard by the One that matters most. Just fill your heart with love and joy, dance along with the Holy Ghost. Lose… Continue reading Shine On
Oars sink into the sand My boat tosses in the waves I walk along the outskirts of this new found dreary place. Hands rake through the pebbles Turning pieces of my mind I search the horizon for a hopeful beacon of light. Darkness brews Tears flow through But I can't imagine why It's… Continue reading Lost
I slowly backed away and headed hurriedly down the hallway towards the staircase. My new companion chided ¨Ahar Matey! Ahar Matey!¨ My head buzzed with the new information as I opened the door and stumbled into the shoulder of my most esteemed friend...(from previous article). "June!" I exclaimed. My friend recovered from the stumble and… Continue reading SS Heroes: A Human Odyssey (Part 3)
Many people growing up in Western Society (and increasingly in other societies as well) attend school with the message that you can do or be whatever you want to be in the World. Sometimes this message is accompanied by strong suggestions of what you should do by your parents, as they try their best to… Continue reading Can we be both independent and dependent?