31 for 41: The Beach

Dear Donovan, I love going to the beach.  I love the sand, the salt, the birds, the wind and the waves.  I love the beauty and power of land meeting water.  I enjoy the absence of manmade things.  I consider all of the energy and life contained in the area that my eyes can span.Continue reading “31 for 41: The Beach”

31 for 41: The Little Girl in a Tree

Dear Donovan, When I was a little girl, something bad happened.  I won’t write the details in a letter, but it was a sexual assault.  There are images and words that I can never forget.  There were bad days, but one day in particular was the worst. For so many years, I would not even thinkContinue reading “31 for 41: The Little Girl in a Tree”

31 for 41: Let it go

Dear Donovan, When I was in third grade, I received my first academic award.  It was actually an award for a regional writing contest, and I wrote about pollution in a creek.  I received both a trophy and the praise of people that I loved.  More awards came later, and I began to define myContinue reading “31 for 41: Let it go”

31 for 41: About Domestic Violence

Dear Donovan, Their stories are still with me. A college student I meet in court does not want to testify after her boyfriend attacked her.  He also held her dog over the balcony of their apartment and threatened to drop him, all after she discovered he was cheating on her. A mom in my supportContinue reading “31 for 41: About Domestic Violence”

31 for 41: Buy her coffee

Dear Donovan, I am writing this short letter late tonight because Brandon and I had a date today.  You know that he and I still try to schedule dates into our busy family schedule.  We believe it is important for us to take time away from everyone else, just two best friends on adventures.  WeContinue reading “31 for 41: Buy her coffee”

31 for 41: Mama Bear

Dear Donovan, When I was working for the Victim Services division of a nonprofit organization, I was once sitting in a meeting with professionals who serve families in crisis.  A psychologist was talking about factors that help children to be resilient in the face of terrible circumstances.  I really respected what this woman had toContinue reading “31 for 41: Mama Bear”