Ryah Vida = ???

So, what's up with my website name, anyway?  Yes, Ryah is my surname, and of course everyone knows Vida means "life" in Spanish thanks to that sage cultural commentator Ricky Martin (Livin' La Vida Loca).  So one might think it's a simple leap to "Angelie's Life" as the entire meaning.  But when have I ever settled for …

The Limericks Edition

For anyone who has known me for more than ~5 minutes, you know that I can be serious for only so long.  Then my unique wit just has to find an escape hatch.  Sometimes that comes out in limericks, that highest of poetic art forms.  After a number of mostly serious, incredibly insightful, deeply meaningful, …

Staying Grounded

Back in my tender youth, a common discipline my parents used when us kids caused trouble would be to "ground" us for a day or two.  "You're grounded!" were the worst two words we could imagine, because it meant being limited to home base for the length of the penalty sentence.  No friends in, no …

Immersion Day, part 1

This past Sunday, I went with my peacemaker study group on a day-long immersion experience called The Immigrant Story.  We met a number of people and nonprofits whose work offers different views into the complex confusing buzz topic of immigration, particularly here at the US-Mexico border.  Although we only traveled a few miles geographically, what …