Lessons learned from my time spent with people who’ve done time

I gave a talk the other night and, truth be told, I was nervous. Here’s what was running through my mind as I walked up, “How on earth could I possibly connect with a group of returning citizens – mostly African-American men – who had done time for a crime and were now learning to…

How 13 words can make you a kick-ass rockstar at anything

I just heard a line from Gabby Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles” and it had the power to change my day: “My gratitude for myself fills me with joy and unleashes my miracle mind.” Wow! Mind blown. Backstory: I’ve been reading this book for 11 days. It is a 40 day practice, for example, you read…

How covering Election Night 2016 taught me I don’t know squat

It was a plum assignment: Covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night event at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a long, exhaustive slog of an election cycle, and I wasn’t even one of the journalists primarily dedicated to the campaign trail. 595 days of name-calling, allegations, yelling, divisiveness, scandal, disgust. News stories about both candidates…

3 life lessons my rescue dog Murray taught me

  For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Josh and I adopted a rescue pup named Murray 2 months ago. Murray has been the light of our lives. He’s well-behaved, sweet, inquisitive, fun-loving, loyal, and loves everyone he meets. In the 2 months I’ve lived with this 12-pound bundle of awesome, he’s taught…

How this poem sums up what EVERYONE needs to learn about dating

 For all of you struggling with relationships, whether you are in one or not, I present this poem. Wow. I forgot how powerful this is. I found this today in one of my journals. It resonated so much – mostly from my time specializing in being in not-too-fulfilling relationships in the past. For the past year,…

Attention teens/tweens: an opportunity to learn from a working journalist!

Hi all – I’m really excited to announce I’m going to be part of a new day camp in the DMV called All-Star Adventures Summer Camp! I’ll teaching journalism August 8-12 – and at the end, the students will stream their newscast LIVE on Facebook! I’ve got some amazingly interesting co-instructors who will be teaching DJing, rocketry, art and…