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It’s Snowing In Paris

Never in my life have I imagined I’d be where I am right now, in an alley way in Paris with a bottle of red wine, a pack of cigarettes and just my thoughts. This is, undeniably, the writer’s dream. A snowflake just landed on my hand holding this phone and melted. Snow doesn’t accumulate […]

Sinking Words

How deep do words sink? The circumstances that caused this moment of sin have passed. The feelings and emotions are present and have been stewing long before the seal was cracked. But, the words. The words. These mighty yet elusive constructions of letters are somewhere inside. Whether they’re a couple fingers or a fist below […]

A Santa Cruz Rain

It is officially my second-to-last night in Santa Cruz. I’m alone now. Andrew and Lauren are at their new apartment in Oakland and Mike is spending some time with his family in San Jose before we hit the road Friday morning for what promises to be an amazing cross-country journey. I spent the day packing, […]

2015 will always be my favorite year

I had a lot of trouble writing this piece. I knew I wanted to, somehow, sum up 2015 for you–and for myself. It was a challenging year for myself, on both a personal and professional level, and, every time I tried to write, my words were more disgusted than triumphant, more pained than pleased, more […]


It really is an honor to be here this evening and speak to you all about a program that has had such a positive impact on my life. There are few organizations that resonate with me so deeply than Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am forever in the debt of this organization and my Big […]

Here’s to 2015

The closing of a year always draws us backwards and inwards. We reflect upon what we’ve accomplished, where we fell short, how we’ve grown and what we’ve learned over the past 12 months. 2014 was a big one for me. And I hope that it was as much for you, too. Maybe you got a […]

Gaining Perspective

I live my life – both professionally and personally – largely in the open. As a social media and community-building professional, it comes with the territory. And, as anyone who works in the industry can attest to, the best way to establish and foster trust with the community you are building is to be transparent. […]