A veterinary technician, writer and animal advocate from New York. Currently living in South Florida and desperately trying to escape. Runs on Starbucks and the love of her husband and 7 rescue animals.
Waking Up With Vocal
The tattoo on the back of my neck had been planned for some time. I saw it as a form of inspiration. If I permanently scarred the word into my body, maybe that would encourage me to not only start, but finish a book, and try to get it published.
My husband and I went back and forth a lot about whether or not we wanted to have children. We'd always talked about it as though it were a given. Something that was just supposed to be part of our life together; we'd think up names and talk about things we would allow, or more frequently never allow, our children to do. But when we sat down and had a real open conversation about if we were going to bring teacup humans into our lives, we realized something pretty important. Our reasons for wanting children were incredibly superficial. Our reasons for not wanting children were real, logical and there were a lot more of them.
To See Her Again
Grief is a powerful thing. The weight of it pins you down, immobilizes your life and pushes out everything but itself. That night echoed inside my head daily. Her cries of pain, the doctors assessment, my uncontrolled sobs as I signed the papers, the awful intense silence of the drive home without her; the sounds of a loss as palpable as her downy fur once was under my hand. For 16 years, one month and 24 days she'd loved me. Life without her seemed impossible.
When The Last Shark Died
I've heard stories about the way Earth was. Once upon a time, four centuries ago, the planet was covered in blue water rich with gliding giants. An entire world existed there, full of life now only seen in the pages of ancient history books. People were able to be outside without the protective gear that we now must don to survive the heat. The barren wasteland that I was born into, some say could have been prevented.
There's a Shark in the Deep End
My older brother and I are only 19 months apart. Growing up, we were mortal enemies but our parents always told us that some day, we'd be best friends.
Color Me Tranquil
Coloring is typically thought of as a childhood activity but more and more coloring books for adults gain popularity. Whether it's based in an occupation, a favorite animal, a beloved story, a favorite author or just different shapes and patterns, adults like to color.
I've always loved animals. I'm weird about it though. I like to say that I love all animals but I suppose the correct way to word that would be that I respect all animals. I have a strange but real distrust of any creature that can do things I am biologically incapable of doing.
"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” This quote from The Princess Bride by William Goldman, pretty much sums it up. Life. Is. Pain.