Accepting White Privilege

By Heather Nelson Last night I cried. I couldn’t stop replaying in my head the events of the last few weeks (months, years) in my head. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Philando Castile. John Crawford. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. And so many more. We’ve become numb to it. Almost blind….

Perspectives from Quarantine

By Heather Nelson It’s been two months since Covid-19 upended our lives. It stole March Madness from us. It postponed baseball season. And it nearly robbed Liverpool’s league title.  For some, it ended the school year. Or created unemployment. Or added to a list of mental health issues. I won’t lie — this time has…

To my beloved Granny, Kathleen Enzolera

By Heather Nelson This is the eulogy I shared at my Granny’s funeral on February 10, 2020. Kathleen “Kathy” Enzolera — Born October 22, 1947; died February 3, 2020. Nurse, sister, mother, grandmother. A woman of faith. A bookworm. A friend.  The best “sick” days were spent at Granny’s. The kind of sick days when…

How to set attainable New Year’s Resolutions

By Heather Nelson 3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Confetti blasts and couples kiss as midnight strikes on New Year’s Day. The dawn of a new year, and a new slate, await. And with that new slate comes a series of “resolutions” that one sets each year — and likely forgets within a week of reciting. If January…

The Road to 26.2: Why I Run

By Heather Nelson Here’s some of the responses I’ve got since committing to running a marathon: “You’re crazy!” “I get bored after running a mile!” “Well…good luck!” “A marathon?! Really?!” The words of encouragement and well wishes make the 26.2 miles seem more real, daunting. I’ve started to feel more pressure, and I thought to…

The Road to 26.2

By Heather Nelson I signed up for my first marathon. That’s right — 26.2 miles. The full thing. It’s been a dream of mine (what? I know…) to run one since I learned of the Boston Marathon in 2005. I was 12, then. The Duck Boat Tour took us down Boylston Street, the tour guide…

25 things I’ve learned in 25 years

The clock struck midnight — February 1. My 25 birthday; halfway to 50; a quarter of a century, if I’m lucky enough to live 100 years. I half-expected a Cinderella-esque transformation at that very stroke of midnight. Instead, I slept. My 25 birthday? Like any other day. I should’ve dropped birthday expectations long ago, but…

10 Things About Me

By Heather Nelson In an attempt to get back to blogging regularly, I thought it best to start — or restart — with a post about me. I’m not great at writing about myself. It’s almost like hearing the dreaded interview question, “So, tell me about yourself.” I’m bad at it. Where do you begin?…