Happy Birthday Wally!

Happy Birthday Wally! I can feel the buzz about anticipating your birthday celebration. You always threw the best parties. There was something so excellent about the way we were able to enjoy life together. We had something unique. We were originally the hippie twins. The yippie twins would evolve over time. Don’t worry, Wally, we… Continue Reading

Miel’s Map of the World

Miel’s Map of the World

I feel like I’ve spent the last day falling into the rabbit hole of maps, though I created the one above a few months back (not my first time down the rabbit hole). I have been trying to work out how to integrate my google reviews and maps that I’ve already developed within google to… Continue Reading

Why I give

Why I give

Every year I reflect on why I give. I love that my story, as all of ours, is ever growing. This year, we are celebrating five years of Giving Tuesdays. I’m proud to be a part of #OregoniansGive. Rotary International Foundation is truly is like having your own foundation, as it celebrates 100 years. It began with just $26.50 and… Continue Reading

The broken American healthcare system

The broken American healthcare system

I have waited until now, given the election, to voice my healthcare story. With the verdict all but known, it is time to share. (Written at 3:27 PST on Election Day 2016) My experience with the broken American healthcare system is symbolic of the times we live in. I spent a lot of time this last year thinking about… Continue Reading

My healthcare story

My healthcare story

I am uninsured today. I have been blessed with having insurance since I was around 8 years old. My mother got benefits as a part-time teacher’s aide in rural Oregon. I remember feeling more secure as a child, knowing that the cost of healthcare was not a burden. My identical twin sister broke and had burns on both arms throughout… Continue Reading