I signed up to try out Fiverr, a gig style freelancing website for a week. Here’s why I won’t return.


Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash

It has been, in every which way possible, an absolutely insane year and a half. Much like many in our nation, I lost my job when the pandemic started to affect the local economy.


‘Longing for Water’ — Used with permission by Ian Hoffmann

The day had dawned earlier than usual, it seemed, painting streaks of vivid tangerine and lemon across what threatened to be another stark, merciless blue day.


Photo by Dawid Zawila via Unsplash.

Let’s get honest about caring for someone experiencing sundowners.

What is sundowning?


All photos are the sole property of the author, Lauren F. Westmoreland

If only my younger sister didn’t have such an obsession with the vampires of the Pacific Northwest... It’s so early 2000s.


My father in law and I hanging out that day he got home from the hospital after the Big Stroke in 2016. Photo by Ian Hoffmann


Here are 3 things you can do right now to feel more prepared as you jump in to the unknown.

My father in law, Ed, celebrates 80 trips around the sun. We got to spend five years together after his stroke, during which time I learned much about caregiving. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland
My father in law, Ed, celebrates 80 trips around the sun. We got to spend five years together after his stroke, during which time I learned much about caregiving. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland
My now-departed and much loved father in law, Ed with his favorite doggy duo, Vincent and Skip, celebrating 80 trips around the sun. Photo by Lauren Flores



Like most of us, you’ve probably read or watched the story of Cheryl Strayed in ‘Wild’ and her crazy adventures with herself on the PCT, or Pacific Crest Trail. This story shares the perspectives of veterans who have found intense healing on that very same stretch of land.


Lauren F. Westmoreland

Translating messy human experiences as a writer, cutting to the heart of humanity from as many perspectives as possible. https://linktr.ee/lfwestmoreland

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