spreading hope

Spreading Hope

It feels like 2016 was filled with more than its fair share of heartbreak, as data released by Google Trends illustrates. The search engine’s top trending global news topics in 2016 were: U.S. election Olympics Brexit Orlando shooting Zika virus Panama papers Nice terrorist attack Brussels terrorist attack Dallas shooting Kumamoto earthquake An acquaintance recently shared that she…

Facing the Loss of a Pet

I recently saw a t-shirt that read, “Yes, my dogs are my children” and thought, “That is totally me!” My four-legged child, Hamish, came into my life as a puppy 11 years ago. He weighed in at 2.6 lbs., and easily fit into my cupped hands. At 11, he is now 16.5 lbs. of personality,…

Donating After a Disaster

Following news of a disaster you may want to help, but how? Do you donate money? Food? Clothes? Every disaster is different and relief organizations may reach out for different forms of aid depending on that disaster’s specific needs. But, I recently learned that – generally speaking – cash donations often provide the most benefit…

Don’t Give Up

I wasn’t familiar with Stuart Scott in his role as an ESPN sportscaster. I learned of him through media stories about his battle with cancer. Scott died Sunday at the age of 49. In July, Scott received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, an award show hosted by ESPN. It was during…

Capturing Humanity

Our lives are made up of thousands of stories. Those stories are made up of infinite moments that shape who we are and how we perceive the world. I love hearing people’s stories. I love getting a brief glimpse into their lives. Which is one of the reasons I love the blog, Humans of New…

More Time…

As I made the hour drive to my parents’ house, all I could think is, I’m not ready, I need more time. My dad had battled cancer for almost a year and a half. Earlier that morning, I received a call at work from my mom. It was the call I had been waiting for,…

A Good Day to Stay Home

My dogs hate the car. Trying to take them anywhere is stressful – for them and for me. As soon as Hamish realizes a car ride is on tap, he hides behind the couch. My other dog, Skye, is excited and happy, bouncing around with joy… until we get to the point of actually getting…

When a Pet Gets Lost

I feel so sad when I see the rows of lost pet flyers at the grocery store. I always say a silent prayer that the animals will be found safe and alive, and returned to their owners soon. Then my mind usually shifts to how I was not too far away from experiencing the fear…

Clearing My Head

Earlier this fall, I needed to clear my head – it was spinning with anxious thoughts and I was having a hard time concentrating on even the simplest of tasks. To combat this, I set aside a day to unclutter my mind. My plan? To go hiking at an area state park. What started out…