Kitchen into Sanctuary

Construction Season

Hey, everyone! This is a short post to let you know that things are going to be moving a bit slowly here at The Dreamer Speaks for a week or so. I’m in the process of sprucing up around here, so most of my energy is going toward the new site. In the meantime, please feel free to catch up on some of the older posts you may have missed. Click here to see a few of my favorites (under “Road Map”)! You can also follow my writing on other sites, just check out this post for links. In a Read More


Fun with Flash Fiction!

A few months ago, I signed up to participate in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. Participants were assigned a genre, location and object and given 48 hours to submit a story of 1,000 words of fewer. My assignment was: sci-fi (genre), cemetery (location) and elephant tusk (object). I don’t consider myself a “traditional” sci-fi writer, so I was intimidated by my assignment. But I jumped in head first. Yesterday, I received the feedback from the judges, and it actually wasn’t so bad! Round 2 assignments were issued late last night, so I’m now marinating on my next flash fiction Read More


Got Gifts?

Earlier today, I was talking with my sister about spiritual gifts and went off into a rant. For those who may not know, the briefest description of a spiritual gift is this: an ability that is given by God at the moment a person becomes a Christian. Spiritual gifts equip us as believers to build up the Church. If you want to learn more about spiritual gifts, the most referenced biblical passages are Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,29 and Ephesians 4:11-13. If you are a ministry leader, it’s helpful to know the spiritual gifts of your team members because it Read More


Angels Among Us

There’s a scene in the film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” where Celie spots Miss Sofia in the general store. At this point in the movie, Sofia has had her body and spirit broken by the white mayor and his wife. In addition to the general wear-and-tear of life, Sofia carries the wear-and-tear of racism and sexism. She is blind in one eye and sort of drags one leg behind her. At this point in the film, Sofia is working as a maid for Millie (the mayor’s wife). Upon the two of them entering the store, Millie rattles Read More

Kitchen into Sanctuary


I don’t consider myself a “big name” when it comes to the blogosphere and social media. I’m just someone who loves to write and hopes that my writing finds people who love to read it. Yet, I feel bad because life got hectic, and one of the first things to suffer was my blog. I pulled a Jack Bauer and went dark for about 4 months. Then, on Monday, I published a post without as much as a “sorry!” So: Sorry for playing the world’s longest game of peek-a-boo. Even though I wasn’t publishing posts on The Dreamer Speaks, I Read More

Kitchen into Sanctuary

The Unifying Power of Tacos

Today is Labor Day in the United States. It’s a day when we honor the labor movement and the contributions of the worker. It’s also a day that is considered the “official” end of summer – or at least the summer BBQ season. But today, I’m not going to talk about ribs, tips, burgers, hot links, chicken, coleslaw, corn and potato salad (hungry yet??). Today, I’m going to talk about tacos. Last week, the co-founder of Latinos for Trump warned that, if Trump loses the election, the consequence will be seeing taco trucks on every corner. Now, I don’t have Read More