Marta

When I was in sixth grade, I got a demonstrable case of acne. And back in the day, the prescribed treatment was to avoid chocolate and to apply an alcohol-based stringent to my face twice a day. Always the over-achiever, I applied at least four or five times a day resulting in a permanent tomato-hued face. I was teased relentlessly. I was teased quite cruelly. From 6th grade until 8th grade – this group of girls tormented me. If you have read my blog entry entitled Cheer, you have read about […]

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This is Me

Like most of you, I am a huge fan of the television show, This is Us. And last night’s episode was no exception, so if you have not yet seen it, consider this your spoiler alert. As per usual, I DVR’d the episode so that I could watch it today by myself with no risk of distraction or disruption. And as per usual, I had tissues ready because I have yet to make it through an episode without demonstrable tears. As I watched the episode unfold, especially the character of […]

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A Friend is One.

I sat across the table from her. It was a gorgeous summer evening, and yet, the air was heavy. She was not her usual upbeat self, in fact, the deep grief was palpable. She had called me asking if I could meet last minute. I knew, from previous conversations, that this day was coming. As she shared, so vulnerable and honest, we wept together. This began a season of friendship between the two of us in which I had the beautiful privilege of being there for her through one of […]

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