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One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

It has been almost 3 years since my most epic travel adventure. I met my best friend in Lima, Peru and we journeyed to hike Machu Picchu together. I dedicated the hike through this world wonder to my incredible Mom. 

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Teach Every BODY

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Teach Every BODY

Some of my best teachers had pets. Not just class pets, but actual companions. Now, owning a pet does not make you a good teacher, but it does entail some learning. Some pets have fantastic teachers who helped facilitate their understanding of house rules; how to welcome guests; how to treat people, and other important lessons - beyond following commands. These are people that show good teachers can teach every BODY — even ones they don’t consider their own. As I reflect on my recent teaching and community service awards, I think of the teachers who taught me how to teach. 

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A Year (And some change) in Review

A Year (And some change) in Review

Palmy Greetings!  I have been referring to you as my Palmy Forever Friends, because I will never forget the impact of your support and generosity. I planned to have a major 1-year anniversary celebration, but ended up in an extended period of reflection and gratitude. In August, I took a much-needed trip to gather Palmy pictures, explore potential gift shops for my greetings, and to enjoy time with family. As I was soaking in the sun, I did not know I would end up on another tropical trip the following month in September, for a family emergency. In mid-September I...

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A Different Kind of Mother's Day

A Different Kind of Mother's Day

As I write this, I still am in disbelief that I have owned Palmy Greetings for almost a year. I remember just last year, I was preparing my father's day collection for Zazzle. There was still so much to learn about the process of making greeting cards, and even shipping deadlines, but I had enough support to fuel me.  While I find many interconnections between my writing and my art-making, this work brings me peace for many reasons. One immediate thing that comes to mind is the more immediate gratification, of having someone see my design and enjoy it. I have enjoyed...

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Celebrate International Transgender Day of Remembrance with Double Denim Dude

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Celebrate International Transgender Day of Remembrance with Double Denim Dude

Saturday people celebrated like we weren’t in a pandemic, because it has been a trying 3.5+ years. Many have agreed that we need to change the culture that has complimented this administration, but I am personally haunted by the people that voted for the status quo. As I reflected with friends throughout the weekend, they shared almost universally, that their “celebrations” were in fact dulled by inconvenient truths about the status of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and non-binary lives and bodies. As people throughout the week, emboldened by their now exiting leader, called for civil war, activists and organizers tried to...

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