31 for 41: About the Police

Dear Donovan, I remember going with a woman to court where she asked for an emergency domestic violence protective order, the 50-B in North Carolina.  I think it was actually the first time I accompanied a woman on that new job as Court Advocate.  The judge granted the order, but the woman then was directedContinue reading “31 for 41: About the Police”

31 for 41: When I grow up

Dear Donovan, When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to be a doctor.  That’s why I minored in Chemistry and worked with a surgeon in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2000.  My path seemed to be set, but I struggled with doubts about whether or not I would be happyContinue reading “31 for 41: When I grow up”

Exhausted at Christmas

Yesterday morning, I dropped off my teenager with my dad, who was taking him to school since I had to be at work early.  My dad asked, “How are you this morning?”  My answer:  “Exhausted!” My dad’s response, stated not as a rebuke but with love, understanding, and humor, was not what I was expecting. Continue reading “Exhausted at Christmas”