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…

Pursuit

Pursue the thing that moves you. Don’t limit its ambition, or cover its brilliance. Let your dreams flame a constant fire within you, and let your visions be the edge — the uncommon and unmistakable quality — that others notice; that you cannot shake. And when your long-term hopes fade as embers, push through. Because…

“A distinction without a difference:” Bostic v. Dunbar

Winter, 1995. A 16 year-old teenager named Bobby Bostic had committed a series of armed robberies in his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Bostic and his friend, Donald Hutson (18 at the time), held victims at gunpoint during a neighborhood Christmas donations drive. They took violent advantage of their community’s kindheartedness…all for what would probably…

Love in years

Valentine’s Day came and left and I totally missed posting about one of the most celebrated(?) holidays of the year 😉. Now that it’s March, this post should be way out of date. But this year I was reminded of the people that I love and the things that I love the most, and that’s timeless. Here…

The English Major

A week ago I sat in a Starbucks in Lansdale – typing away, ear buds in, getting some work done. It was evening and dark outside. The last rush of coffee drinkers and daily meetings were coming to an end before the nighttime lull of cleanup and dimmed lights. I had a corner table and…

Walk before you run

~3.5 mos. later – knee healed, colder temps, and improved air quality; I’m back. 💝