Posts Tagged "flowers"

vuong teaches the beauty in tearing down “the great wall”

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012

vuong teaches the beauty in tearing down “the great wall”

When I was a little girl, I loved to make forts.  Forts in my bedroom, forts in the living room, forts in the back yard – no matter where there was a little block of space, I’d find a spot for a fort.  I loved the solitude, secrecy and serenity nestling below a stuffy blanket and stacked pillows.  As a grown woman, I find I’ve still constructed my share of “forts.”  Over the years, I’ve replaced piles of pillows with unanswered emails, my husband has become my security blanket, and now I can lock people out of my house, not just my room.  But, even in my hermit-like happiness, I’ve learned that building forts can be a bit lonely at times.  As an introvert, I’m constantly learning the balance of fort building and fort breaking.

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kenton is so colorful, he can afford to wear a little black

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012

kenton is so colorful, he can afford to wear a little black

Though dressed in black from hat to boot, Kenton is anything but dark.  His smile is bright, his energy infectiously refreshing.  There are not many moments I don’t see him either laughing or making others laugh.  I ask this rowdy prisoner why and how he is constantly content.  He confesses, “I get such a high on making people happy.”  It’s that simple.

While smiles can range from extremely wide to a slight grin, Kenton averages a healthy expression.  Just like us all, he’s had his share of bad days, from a spill on his bike to unwanted endings to intimate relationships, but the difference with Kenton is his optimistic attitude. 

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