In the Name of Frozen Lasagna, Love Thy Community! Community Living, Part 1 A Brief History of the Lasagna You might have thought lasagnas were invented in Italy, but they weren’t. They were created back when cavemen took their fat-honking clubs, beat down saber-tooth tigers and shared a chunk of the meat with the their […]

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The Tunic in the Night: A Short Story

Posted July 30, 2014 By Elisa

The Tunic in the Night She traced her fingers over the darkest patch of midnight surrounding the bright fuchsia flowers patterned on her tunic. She wondered how the artists printed them on the swarthy cloth, if by ink, or brush or some other means, as the colors weren’t embroidered. If the council wasn’t so eternally […]

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If You Use Your Options, Misery Is Optional

Posted July 27, 2014 By Elisa

Have you ever had one of those not-going-as-planned weeks? The week before last, I did. The Bad Ticket and Everything Else “Mommy, why did the police officer give you a bad ticket?” the kids asked. “Well, he gave it to me because he is an evil bastard trying to up his quota of making people […]

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Have you ever gotten random texts from a stranger? This happened to me the other day, and not for the first time! Even so, this was my first extended conversation with a person I didn’t know (I will let you read it below). I wasn’t sure it was a stranger at first. Then, once it […]

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Last Day of the Rest of My Life Although I have phased out of acting like a director of this almost-non-profit, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NoVA HTI), in the span of time between my third baby being born and now, today is technically the last day I hold this title. This day isn’t […]

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Ten Ways to End Human Trafficking in NoVA

Posted May 25, 2014 By Elisa

Want to make a difference locally? Here are some easy ideas! Ten Ways to End Human Trafficking in NoVA 1.) “Like” NoVA HTI on Facebook. 2.) Currently we are looking for 5 people to donate $100 per month for a year to help a sex trafficking survior have a place to live with her children. If you want to […]

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Considerations From A White Man

Posted May 21, 2014 By Elisa
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                                            I grew up with this great guy. I’d come home and find him and my brother blowing bubbles in their drinks for, like, an hour (trying to learn to circular breathe, of course). He […]

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5 Ways You Can Help #BringBackOurGirls

Posted May 3, 2014 By Elisa
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There has been a social media storm about the two-hundred or so girls of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds, mostly ages 16-18, who were kidnapped last week from boarding school in Nigeria. Some are supposedly being sold as child brides in Cameroon for $12. The Nigerian government hasn’t done a great job getting the story out […]

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Poetry and Song: Too Noisy Busy (Clock-in)

Posted April 27, 2014 By Elisa
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                 Too Noisy Busy (Clock-in) I’ll tell you a secret That everyone knows My heart beats too fast Infinity slows When We Clock-in to Stop.   Shhhhhhhh   I might hear a secret That I don’t yet know My heart might be singing A melody low If I […]

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This post was put up earlier this week on www.ReadingTeen.net by one of my awesome besties. Andye only sometimes prefers to be reading young adult fiction. The rest of the time she surely prefers to be adventuring with me, while listening to be process pretty much everything. She has a great life.   Help #Speak4RAINN15 […]

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