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January 27, 2019

Be Joyful though you have considered all the facts

And this is where the struggle begins. 

This “Us vs. Them” mentality,

Where the media cycle survives, or even thrives

As partisan politics rips us apart.  

As activists in the community,

it’s impossible to turn a blind eye


December 14, 2018


Today I turn 29. I remember starting Happy Friday as a fresh-faced teacher at the age of 23. It started with four people: my dad, my boss Carol, and my two “California moms” Julie and Jane.  With 300 people now on the bi-weekly email blast, I can say I’m happy I stuc...

June 2, 2018

My time in California has come full circle.

It’s truly hard to say goodbye to an area and community that I have embraced and considered home;  however, after a lot of reflection and talking with family and friends, I’ve decided that I will be leaving California at the e...

December 20, 2017

I'll admit, I wasn’t entirely sold on buying a car without knowing who it was going to.  It didn’t help that Rhandi prefaced it with “don’t be mad, but we’re buying a car!” 

One trip to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks later, the decision to buy a car and gift...

November 4, 2017

Stories are gripping. Whether it’s telling them or consuming them, human civilization is fascinated by them.  I want to tell you the story of my Nana, Doris Galetto, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86.  Her story is full of love, kindness, and wisdom.  I’ll ta...

September 23, 2016

A student popped into my classroom last week looking for advice.  As a teacher, this tends to happen quite often.  However, this had nothing to do with my communication course; rather, she was feeling down and looking for ways to improve her personal happiness.


November 28, 2015

Happy Friday from San Francisco!

As I settle in and enjoy the scene in North Beach- the focal point of the Beat Generation- I reflect on my fascination with this littleItalian neighborhood on the edge of San Francisco. My interest grew in high school when Mr. O’Brien, m...

November 3, 2015

It was Halloween and there was little to care about.  I made a quick run to the corner store to get some last minute supplies for the complex Halloween festivities.  I was standing around with some friends catching up on the week and reminiscing on last year’s Hallowee...

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