Looking at family photos people post at this time of year and thinking about how we tend to believe the facades we see in the images instead of realizing that often much more lies behind the smiling faces and manufactured poses. We tend to ascribe happy, cozy narratives to other families’ images without considering the secrets, darkness, trauma, and pain that those images can never reveal…pain and rejection and heartache and histories that we might know personally but don’t see… Read more »

{This is the third post in my year-long D.C. Museums Tour during my Gap Year before I start law school at the age of 40. THIS.} So what’s been fun and surprising in the month since I started my quest to visit every single museum in Washington, D.C. in one year are the seemingly hole-in-the-wall places. Sure, the Big Name, well known museums are worthwhile, but I’m discovering that the less known places are rich with history, stories, and hidden… Read more »

{This is the second post in my year-long D.C. Museums Tour during my Gap Year before I start law school at the age of 40. THIS.} For my second museum, I chose the International Spy Museum on F Street in Downtown D.C. Now, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from it. I had in mind that it would appeal more to kids than to adults. But I was wrong. Actually, in my opinion, the Spy Museum caters more to… Read more »

{This is the first post in my year-long D.C. Museums Tour during my Gap Year before I start law school at the age of 40. THIS.} I left this morning ready to embark on my year-long quest to visit every single museum in D.C., and for my first stop, I chose the African American Civil War Museum. I wanted to start this tour of museums with a history museum, but one that I hadn’t visited before and one that would… Read more »