My presentation at Interfaith of Topeka

At the June 27th Interfaith of Topeka meeting, Kris Bethea shared her insights into the pagan beliefs. Mostly she explained her own personal beliefs and the path that she took to reach where she is today. “To me, one’s beliefs are extremely personal. They are a lifetime of experiences, decisions, moments, and emotions. To share my beliefs, I must share Continue Reading →

An afternoon with my son

Today, we went shopping for my son’s Engineering Conference in Houston. The dress code included a suit jacket / blazer, dress pants, shirt, tie, and then business casual pants, shorts and shirts. Shoes were also a necessity (and a belt as well). It was almost like Pretty Woman, because I figured we should shop at JC Penney’s, but there was Continue Reading →

What do I feel… now that it’s over?

It’s over. It’s done. Runions has been sentenced. 60 months minus 10 months (ish) served and minus 15% for good behavior. What do I feel? At first, shell-shocked. Probably still shell-shocked. Numb, even. When I read my statement, I looked him in his eyes. Yes, he even looked back as I accused him. As my voice broke, as I found Continue Reading →

My new statement for the judge for the sentencing

Back in January, I had the opportunity to give a short statement to give this court and I wrote a brief, yet powerful statement. Then, I was told I had more time than I thought to speak to the court so this short statement has grown. Now, three months later, I finally have the chance to speak again and I’m Continue Reading →

Quan Yin and me – the beginnings

Everything happens in its own time. Boy do I believe that. A little less than 7 years ago, I had my portrait painted by Intuitive Portraits by Michelle Mauler It was gorgeous and spoke to me in so many ways.. but one way I was confused. Quan Yin was part of the art… and I was unfamiliar with her. I Continue Reading →

11 signs you might be a feminist

I fought it.. I fought the definition tooth and nail.. the OLD definition. Okay.. I’m now thinking i really AM a feminist… because, now I think one can be a lady AND a feminist. Yes, please. Still open doors for me, treat me like a lady, but NEVER EVER DOUBT that I am your EQUAL. It’s all about EQUALITY. Thank Continue Reading →

My experience with World Hijab Day

#IStand4Hijab #WorldHijabDay Yes, I blogged this mostly on FB, but I’m going into more detail here. One thing I want and need to share is What to do if someone is harassed or attacked for their religious beliefs / garb Hopefully I won’t experience anything like that today, but, it’s still a good thing for everyone to know what to do. Continue Reading →

Mr. Runions. You murdered my parents.

This is the letter I wrote to Mr. Runions. Hopefully I can read it in court on Friday. (update April 2017: it got postponed until April This was a good thing in so many ways. Here was what I ended up reading during the sentencing.. and looking Runions in the eyes: My new statement for the judge for the sentencing ) Mr. Continue Reading →

Stop sharing the hate

I just posted this on FB   Stop. Just stop. Stop sharing the hate. Ya know.. for the past 8 years.. I unfriended haters.. of Obama.. unless they were friends with me in real life.. and them, I unfollowed.. or just followed less…   And I thought.. stupidly.. that my liberal friends were above the hate. I was wrong. So Continue Reading →