The NoMar Theater: the ghosts of our past, the hopes of our future

Near the corner of 21st and North Market Street squats an empty theater. Faded and neglected but not quite defeated, the NoMar Theater, along with the neighborhood surrounding her, has sat in wait – sometimes patiently, sometimes not. The NoMar is the centerpiece of Wichita’s North End, the historically Hispanic neighborhood, and depending on who … Continue reading The NoMar Theater: the ghosts of our past, the hopes of our future

Privilege, Racial Equity & Family

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. My original plan was to share my story of life during those early days of the pandemic, but I quickly realized my privilege and once I did, my story was no longer important. I work for a foundation that invests money and resources into organizations and coalitions … Continue reading Privilege, Racial Equity & Family

Week 5.5: The real pandemic, books, baths and Zoom in a time of covid-19

Our governor extended the stay-at-home order to May 3. I was not surprised. As a matter of fact, my surprise will come if she doesn’t extend it longer. There are certainly people in our state who still believe “it’s just the flu” or who prioritize economy over people’s lives and lay blame to an overreactive … Continue reading Week 5.5: The real pandemic, books, baths and Zoom in a time of covid-19

Week 3.5: Looking forward in a time of covid-19

Friday. Remember when we used to look forward to Friday? Now, with most of us at home during the week, Friday has lost its magic. No TGIF! memes – more like, Friday, Meh memes. Friday has lost its ranking and has now become just another blurry day of the week. As I was contemplating this … Continue reading Week 3.5: Looking forward in a time of covid-19

Week 2.5: Letting go in a time of covid-19

I struggled a bit this week. It started on Monday. Now, some of it I attribute to my allergies blowing up over the weekend – teasing of spring emerging from the ground, Kansas wind and the burning of the fields will do that to an allergy sufferer. But I hadn’t slept well all weekend due … Continue reading Week 2.5: Letting go in a time of covid-19

Day…I have no idea: Tele-working in the time of COVID-19

It’s been eleven days since I began working from home. Eleven days when our world went from a cautionary tale to survivalist novel. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, to say the least. I’ve had at least two good cries and a handful of moments when silent tears come quick and I don’t even … Continue reading Day…I have no idea: Tele-working in the time of COVID-19

Day 4: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and the therapy of cleaning.

Monday arrived in not its usual fashion, but I’m trying to create a new schedule. I’m a list-making-keep-to-a-schedule kinda gal. I thrive on organization and consistency. How I’m not a basket case in today’s world is beyond me, especially now. I’ve yet to find the perfect work schedule but I keep reminding myself it’s only … Continue reading Day 4: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and the therapy of cleaning.

Day 3: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and teaching mom new tricks

The wind howled through Thursday night into the wee hours of Friday morning. I mean, howled. Like a tormented wolf, it shook the window screens off the house and at one point I stared through the dark at the ceiling just waiting for our roof to peel off. The creaks and groans made Beatrice, Executive … Continue reading Day 3: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 and teaching mom new tricks

Day Two: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 (pass the ketchup?) and Gratitude

Well, my internal alarm clock must’ve readjusted because I slept until 6:30 am. I decided to forgo the fleece and Mukluks and actually shower, put on jeans, a Dolores Huerta Foundation t-shirt, black cardigan and black Chuck Taylor All Stars. After an early morning thunderstorm, the sun began to peek through the clouds and you … Continue reading Day Two: Tele-working in a time of COVID-19 (pass the ketchup?) and Gratitude