Icebreakers

What would you do differently/more of if you weren’t afraid of being judged?

Lost & Found

I’ve been thinking about investments. This election brought up a lot of questions and concerns about our identity as a country. The implications of that are huge and overwhelming for me, so I scale those questions to the micro-level as they manifest in my immediate sphere. A recently heard definition of integrity keeps coming to…

L-O-V-E

L is for the way you look at me O is for the only one I see V is very, very extraordinary E is even more than anyone that you adore can ~recorded by Nat King Cole in 1965, composed by Bert Kaempfert, lyrics by Milt Gabler. Last year in my annual New Year’s post,…

Every 28 Hours

This afternoon I attended an open rehearsal for Penn State’s presentation of The Every 28 Hours Plays.  The work’s title refers to the statistic that every 28 hours a person of color is a victim of systemic violence.  Structurally, the work consists of one-minute plays grouped together with an ensemble cast utilizing spoken text, song,…

It’s on Us: Art and Advocacy

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The turbulence of social issues swirling around the upcoming presidential election include gender-bashing, body-shaming, and objectifying women. We are asking a lot of questions about our world. Why are so many people hurting? How do people make decisions, especially decisions to hurt or oppress others? What can we do…

Society of Dance History Scholars

The Society of Dance History Scholars’ Special Topics Conference, Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections, and Directions, gathered an international cohort of scholars, artists, and educators in New York City on May 20-21, 2016. Curators Jill Nunes Jensen of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel of the Royal Academy of Dance in London initially…

We Are is not who I am

It’s a little later than usual for my annual post on the Hokie Nation. As we approach nearly a decade since that heartbreaking day, there have been and will continue to be twists and turns in the healing process. You see, last year, I had a break through. I thought, maybe, finally, I was there….

FAST: Finding Answers, Seeking Truth

I keep trying to simplify my diet and body care practices.  Sometimes, they get simplified for me. Every January, my church participates in a fast (with many options to accommodate lifestyles and health needs).  The idea of a fast, is not about going without something so much as making as much room as possible for…

ROI

Rather than setting resolutions, last year I identified a couple ideas or themes to explore in my life. For 2015, I identified a personal and physical concept. Personally, I sought to deeply focus on relationships. Physically, I investigated circulation. Relationships. I’ve had some great friendships, significant others, and wonderful times with family. I’ve had some…

A new kind of candy corn

Fall. Pumpkin Spice lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Butternut Squash bisque. Halloween. Candy. Candy. Candy. I’ve not been one to flip out over “seasonal” foods because I don’t really enjoy them.  My body definitely does not enjoy processing them.  I began more fully appreciating fall once I began eating more seasonally, with the help of food co-ops…