My Story

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doodling in the margins of notebooks, exams, homework, journals, planners, and any other piece of paper I could get my hands on. I sketched trees, mountains, stick-figures, squiggles, swirls, dots, and everything in between. My obsession for a pen on paper has never faded, and it’s … More My Story

Adjusting My Sails

Our motto for the Upward Bound Summer Program 2015 : “I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination.”  This phrase was made all too real the day my kids left me—at least they felt like my kids. They were the Upward Bound students I had … More Adjusting My Sails

“Who’s to Say”

Inferiority surrounds us, burning bridges only to lift ourselves, but rightfully so, right? – Imagine the trees, leaves, dirt below, growing together without care, where a trait is not a definition, but an observation, only. – Concern for complexion, language, religion consumes us. The heart has run away, refusing to succumb to a world without … More “Who’s to Say”

“We Sing”

I will forever believe in the power     of black dots to unite all nations         of the world in delicate harmony.               The ability and responsibility                 to inspire others and create beauty         … More “We Sing”

“The Escape”

I felt my shoes saturate with frigid water. The scent of freedom filled my chest. – My heart throbbed. 50 yards to go. Clutching her hand, our palms sweaty, we took a step. –  My body shivered, clothes became heavy. I sensed the fear in her eyes. Squeezing her hand harder, 49 yards remained. – … More “The Escape”

“A New Lens”

I see the world differently. through a lense framed in plastic to see people for who they are rather than where they are. – To find sonder, the realization that others live a life just as complex as our own. – To empathize, connect, and live through another point of view, without suffering from the … More “A New Lens”