Until All Are Free: An MLKJ-Day Sonnet

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that I participated in Dressember again this year.  Dressember is a movement of women (and now men) who commit to a fashion challenge during December to raise awareness of and funds to end human trafficking. Most commit to wearing a dress or formal attire every day of … Continue reading Until All Are Free: An MLKJ-Day Sonnet

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Dressember Update #4

Merry [belated] Christmas!! I hope your day was full of love and cheer. As of today, Dressember has raised over $950,000!!!  That's $25,000 more than last year.  Here's proof of my continued participation: As we celebrate the birth of He who came to set prisoners free, please consider donating to Dressember to help free those … Continue reading Dressember Update #4

Dressember 2016 Update #3

I'm a writer.  That usually means that I'm pretty good at putting my thoughts into writing--much better, in fact, at writing what I think than at saying what I think. It also happens that sometimes, when I feel something very deeply, I have a hard time writing it.  These times always are frustrating, given how … Continue reading Dressember 2016 Update #3

Dressember Update #2

According to the National Institute of Justice, human trafficking is: "Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or … Continue reading Dressember Update #2

How is a Dream Fulfilled?: A Poem, Writing News, and Dressember Update

(If you're just here for a new poem, skip to the bottom--but be warned, you're missing out on exciting things 😉 ) This past week has been an exciting one for me!  Wednesday was the last day of November, which also means it was the last day of NanoWrimo.  I've mentioned my abridged NanoWrimo goal … Continue reading How is a Dream Fulfilled?: A Poem, Writing News, and Dressember Update

Dressember 2016 and Why You Should Join

Good Monday, my dear readers!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  It rained where I am today--and I absolutely love the rain.  See this poem as an example of that love, and also as an example of how rarely it rains in my area. A very special time of year is … Continue reading Dressember 2016 and Why You Should Join

Dressember Part 1

What is Dressember? I'm glad you asked. Dressember is about freedom and dignity for all women--really, for all people. It uses fashion as a way to advocate for women who have been exploited for their femininity. For the 31 days of December, Dressember participants commit to wearing a dress every day to raise awareness of … Continue reading Dressember Part 1

Preparing for Dressember 2015

Slavery in the United States officially ended on December 6, 1865. A common assumption is that this means slavery is no longer an issue in the world. This is far from the truth. In our world today, there are an estimated 35.9 million people held in slavery. About 50% of those people are children, and … Continue reading Preparing for Dressember 2015

Wondering if Romance is Still Real (The Answer is Yes)

Over the holiday season, I worked at Barnes and Noble.  The quickest path to the break room through the shelves heavy with thousands of books was down the romance aisle. Now, I’ve never considered myself a typical girl.  Sure, I played with dolls growing up, but I also spent hours outside in the dirt.  My … Continue reading Wondering if Romance is Still Real (The Answer is Yes)

Long-Due Dressember Update

I haven't been very good about posting Dressember updates recently, but here's the last several days!  For those of you unfamiliar with what Dressember is, check out this earlier post where I explain it.  There's only a few more days to donate to IJM!  If you'd like to support their work of bringing freedom and … Continue reading Long-Due Dressember Update