Christmas Magic In One Of The Carolina's Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens

One of the places I absolutely love visiting here in the Carolina's is Daniel Stowe's Botanical Gardens. I visted the botnical gardens over the summer and loved all of the gardens and the beautiful butterfly exhibit. In July while I was there one of the workers told me about the Christmas exhibits. I have been [...]

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Matters of Race; In Adoption and Foster Care, Part 2

National Adoption Awareness Month and the topic of race has been a good discussion. I am glad this dialogue is taking place, when this month passes, I will continue to have the dialogue regarding trans-racial adoption. I believe hearing from the people who have been involved in the adoption process is beneficial. As I mentioned [...]

Adoption Awareness In November And All Throughout The Year

November is National Adoption Awareness month. The history of National Adoption Month dates back to 1976 when Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis announced the first Adoption week. The first National Adoption Week was in 1994. President Regan proclaimed National Adoption week in 1994. In 1995, under President Bill Clinton, adoption week was expanded to the entire month [...]

Stop the stigma, increase mental health awareness

Yesterday was “World Mental Health Day”. This year’s message was Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention. I saw several messages on social media along with messages I shared regarding taking care of ourselves, reaching out to those in need, stopping the stigma etc.  As I laid down last night, I started to think about some [...]

No Matter the Distance our Friendship is strong

  I have heard some folks say “True friendships are hard to find” and I understand why some may feel that way. I am thankful for my twenty plus year friendship with my BFF Jennifer. We have withstood laughter, exciting life changes, happy moments, heartache, pain, disappointments, births, deaths and the latest challenge of living [...]

Santa Rosa is home…

The only place I have ever considered home is Sonoma County, Santa Rosa California. I consider myself to be HELLA Californian.  I love San Francisco, Bodega Bay, Howarth Park, Mexican Food Trucks, Drives through Napa and Sonoma, The Tides Wharf…. I could go on and on about ALL the things I HELLA love about  The [...]