Incomplete Pass

The other day someone complimented my hair. I was quick to respond, “Really? I haven’t washed it in a week. And have you seen my roots?!” Never once absorbing the incoming positivity that they were trying to offer me. Never allowing the giver of the compliment to truly experience the act of giving. And never…Read more »

Born on purpose

The world would like to introduce  Melanie Colleen Thomas. She was born on October 16th, 1975. She entered this world with a big birthmark and a giant head.  The first picture that was ever taken of her looks like something straight out of a true crime documentary. She screamed for the first 6 months of…Read more »

Happy Birthday Dad.

Written 4/24/18 Look at that guy. That guy right there in those sweet shorts. Showing some leg. That’s my dad. And today, April 24th, is his birthday. I feel kind of tired. And a bit heavy about it. It is funny how each year is different. With all of the different holidays and milestones that…Read more »

Look mom! No hands!

I don’t know about you, but I came out of the womb seeking validation. I think my first words coming into this world were,  “Hey Doc! How did I do?”  I remember as a kid always craving approval from others. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary.  I teach elementary kids and  everyday I feel…Read more »

I’ll be Home for Christmas…

              HOME Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be home for Christmas” was playing on the radio the other day. It plays everyday during the holidays.  Sometimes when I hear that song, my emotions can get a little charged up. My dad used to roam around my childhood home singing it. In…Read more »

High Heels and Converse

  Me: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Student: “A pair of high heels, but don’t tell my mom.”   When I had this exchange with a young kid well over 10 years ago, I found it to be light hearted and kind of funny. The kid was cute as a…Read more »


  I went to an event last weekend in West Hollywood with a few friends. Afterwards, we went and enjoyed some conversation next to the Peach Pit pop up diner, which I will be attending in just a few weeks. I love a good nostalgic pop up. After dinner, I decided to take the scenic…Read more »

Breaking up is hard to do.

 I just went through a terrible breakup. And do you know what’s funny? She didn’t even know we were dating. I actually tore my rotator cuff moving all of my imaginary furniture out of her apartment. That darn thing is still sore. Bless my heart.  I have been through five imaginary breakups like this. And…Read more »

Angels Unaware (revised)

  “I pray for wisdom, so I won’t encounter his angels unaware.” -Martha Thomas-   My mom was deaf. But she could undoubtedly hear God in her everyday life. In her writings and meditations, she often referred to being able to “hear” the voice of God. I didn’t understand this connection. As a kid, I…Read more »

Elevator of grief

  I went to Mammoth last summer with my dogs. A little weekend getaway to relax. It’s good to get out of the city every once and awhile. To recharge. To see new things. Be in nature. And all that kind of stuff. We were all checked in to our room and now it was…Read more »