‘On Being A Tugboat’ by Kirsten Voris

By Kirsten Voris I was going to let this anniversary go unacknowledged. I must have known it was a big deal. I wrote it in my calendar. One year out.… On Being A Tugboat

Viewing the world through music in 2020: YouTube Channel by Megan A.M.

Dear Followers & Friends, I updated one of my media sites in March to add an Official YouTube Channel focused specifically on a recent creative life project: recording instrumental and vocal music song covers. Music has helped me to keep an open mind and remain more grounded during these past three months. The trauma and loss that our…

‘Remember:’ Song Story

Paraphrased from the wise, re-quoted words of my Grama, ‘Only a senseless person never changes her mind.’ Grama would say this light-heartedly and laugh in the sweetest of ways when she traveled by plane to visit me for several weeks during the end of last year. When we made plans and changed plans about what…

Dorian

(Evening 8/28/19). I left the house briefly this morning to pick up a few extra items. After an okay from a kind friend who is also a former marshal, I drove down the graveled path and onto our paved roads to return with what I needed. This is the first official Hurricane Warning to reach…

Good news in images

    Congratulations to my father, Rev. James D. Moore, Sr., who was ordained a Reverend & Pastor at The Center Lehigh Valley (f/k/a El Shaddai Bethlehem Ministries). Congratulations to my mother, Andrea M. Moore, a newly ordained Minister at The Center, and my inspiration towards virtue, resilience, and beauty in life. Thanking Our Heavenly…

Bostic v. Dunbar: Petition denied. What’s next?

An important juvenile sentencing case was up for review at the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, Bostic v. Dunbar. In March, I did a quick case summary citing legal history, news clips, a scientific study, and a detailed report from The Intercept. Petitioner Bobby Bostic was 16 years-old when he committed a series of armed…

First Bloom

Mammoth sunflowers are remarkable. I planted moonflower, dahlias, and sunflowers in late May, just before summer. I got the seeds as a very kind gift and enjoy gardening, yard work, and nature in general – but have never grown flowers from seed. After quickly ‘studying up’ on the species and reading some sparse directions on the…

Joy Moments

Good evening; it’s been a while! ✨ Last weekend I volunteered at an extraordinary women’s gathering in Bethlehem. It included 160+ attendees from the U.S. & Central America, working to affect positive social change in our communities. Found a moment at the very end of the day that Saturday to reflect and capture the excitement of it all. Wishing…

Next time, make two trips

I have always been a fan of cooking and DIY shows. If you remember Rachael Ray’s “30 Minute Meals,” then you might also remember how Racheal would fill a big bowl of ingredients – from pantry to fridge – all in one shot. Just don’t forget the EVOO. Efficient, quick, and fun right? Something about…

Life’s best teacher: empathy

How can we relate to others, so that we share in their experiences without oversimplifying or over-identifying with what the other person shares? Personal stories are unique, individually lived and crafted. We may have similar stories and experiences.  And we are often connected through patterns, routines, retraced steps, interactions…the “Etch A Sketch” of life. But…