Honoring Her Inner Superhero

“The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of them were held by women.” This is the headline that caught my attention. As a working mom in a pandemic, it required no further explanation for me to process, then nod in understanding.  In a society that tells little girls we are to equal to... Continue Reading →

Perpetual Beginner

It seems no matter how old I get I always feel like I’m beginning again. Out of shape? Start working out, despite body’s protests. Publish a novel? Start a new one. Career disappears with global pandemic? Start over with a whole new business plan. Divorced? Start dating.  Bonus level: date a woman for the first... Continue Reading →

Catharsis Through Creativity.

This has been a big week. For the country, for our collective sanity, and for Bernie memes. How good does it feel to have social media feeds filled with fluffy memes rather than yet another humanitarian crisis? While I’m breathing a sigh of relief along with so many others, I’ve also reconnected with a familiar... Continue Reading →

Quarantine: A Love Story

In an era unlike any other in our collective experience, I’ve found personal solace in storytelling. Consuming and creating stories—as a way to commiserate, learn, and sometimes, to escape.  Last March my career as a music photographer disappeared before my eyes. It was terrifying and demoralizing and brought on an existential crisis, making me question... Continue Reading →

It’s Always Sunny Above the Clouds

It's always sunny above the clouds. That's my first thought when taking off through the fog and gray, at the moment when blinding light bursts through the haze into the infinitely blue sky above. I love that it works both literally and figuratively, and it sets my travel mood to introspection. Perspective is a wonderful and... Continue Reading →

No Place Is Home

Since I graduated high school I have lived on four continents. I've lived in houses, apartments, condos and a tour bus. I have traveled for school, for work and for fun. I have not spent more than two consecutive years in any one abode. And I wouldn't have it any other way. But the result... Continue Reading →

Have Passport, Will Travel

This week’s post was intended to be light and fluffy, but after hearing of a fourth friend’s death in three weeks and attending a beautifully teary memorial yesterday, I’m not feeling particularly light. Reflective, yes. Light, no. So I find myself asking: What makes a life well-lived? I have not yet accomplished what I want... Continue Reading →

Life is a First Draft

First drafts—like life—are messy, overly complicated, contain plot holes and unfinished character arcs. There are moments of greatness, but they tend to be squashed between long expositions and mundane details. The writer, in life and writing, must explore the entire story—every tangent and detour—to tease out the real heart of the thing. We’ve got to try it all on, see what fits. Figure out what is working and what isn’t. Then ask, “Why?”

Misogyny and Other Cock Blockers

**note from Sharisse** I originally planned to publish a blog about male feminists and how proud I am to be a part of this video for Lee's new feminist anthem, "Boss Señorita." Unfortunately, before I could post it, a misogynist went on a murdering spree in Santa Barbara. Lee and I, like a lot of people,... Continue Reading →

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