Housing as Healthcare

Last February, I was walking home one morning after doing an overnight volunteer shift at a local homeless shelter. I was content as I walked to the metro, thinking about the extraordinary women who lived there and all of the hard work and passion they put into bettering themselves everyday. Together, they created a community … More Housing as Healthcare

Casualties of the Information Age: @girlfriend #itsover

Several months back, a friend and I were discussing the recent break-up of a colleague of ours. My friend had expressed to this colleague’s bromance partner that she thought his delivery of the break-up—via email—was an inappropriate way of communicating such a topic. In response to this sentiment, and in full support of his bro, … More Casualties of the Information Age: @girlfriend #itsover

Aftershock

When I was little, I remember being in my first big earthquake. We were living in a small rental house on the northern California coast. I crawled along the floor still lost in my own imagination as everything shook, working the movement into my own internal script of the current adventure I was off on. … More Aftershock

HPRP Success Stories

As part of my day job, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of getting to speak with communities across the nation about their successes with the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP). HPRP was a $1.5 billion stimulus program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and distributed out to qualifying … More HPRP Success Stories

Quarter-life Crisis

To quote myself, quoting someone else, a crisis can be defined as such, “(1) a crucial stage or turning point, and (2) an unstable or precarious situation.” Yesterday, I had officially lived for a quarter of a century, and although technically, based on Wikipedia’s current life expectancy of 81 for a female living in the … More Quarter-life Crisis

I’m in Love

My relationship with D.C. started as an arranged marriage.  Coming out of college as a Planning, Public Policy and Management major with an urge to be a part of the work that changes social structures, my union with D.C. was predestined.  We did not immediately fall in love.  But, a little over a year ago, … More I’m in Love

The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: The Final Chapter

(For the first chapter of this journey, read “History and the Call to Adventure.” For the second chapter, see “Crossing the Threshold and Riding with Jesus.” For the third chapter, see “The Land of Adventure and an Introduction to Totems.” For the fourth chapter, see “Death, Rebirth, and Honoring the Ancestors.”) Days earlier, my dad … More The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: The Final Chapter

The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: Death, Rebirth, and Honoring the Ancestors

(For the first chapter of this journey, read “History and the Call to Adventure.” For the second chapter, see “Crossing the Threshold and Riding with Jesus.” For the third chapter, see “The Land of Adventure and an Introduction to Totems.”) The original plan had been to do the final 12-hour haul from my brother’s house … More The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: Death, Rebirth, and Honoring the Ancestors

The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: The Land of Adventure and an Introduction to Totems

(For the first chapter of this journey, read “History and the Call to Adventure.” For the second chapter, see “Crossing the Threshold and Riding with Jesus.”) I awoke in Albuquerque to a grand realization. It was arguably one of the most meaningful moments of the trip (though there were plenty of these superlatives along the … More The Chevy and Me, A Hero’s Journey: The Land of Adventure and an Introduction to Totems