If I’m being completely honest (and why wouldn’t I be?), I hardly remember the summer of ’89. I was 14 and we lived out in the boondocks, in an A-Frame house that wasn’t insulated, with no air conditioning. Every...
Morning sickness, the dreaded symptom of pregnancy. Now in my second pregnancy, I've heard many different stories of struggles with this delightful side effect. What you hear from the old wives' tale isn't true. Not everyone who is pregnant...
Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate." Mark Twain describes it best: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Unfortunately, modern society associates acts of kindness with naivety...
I am not racist. I’ve never been racist. Not even a little bit.  But I have been astoundingly ignorant.  Growing up in the South, I probably seemed, at least to those close to me, almost progressive. I had black friends, went...
C-sections seem to be on the rise these days. I know more women than not who’ve given birth via c-section. I had my first c-section in November of 2010. My son wasn’t due for six more weeks,...
Plant Privilege

Plant Privilege

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My son Andy turned six on the day Georgia put the Shelter-in-Place orders into effect. We had a drive-by birthday parade that ended before curfew and guests dropped off gifts at a table by the road. One little friend...
Voting is an important American right that every eligible voter should have the opportunity to participate in. I'm a little embarrassed to say that at 36-years-old, I have yet to vote. Simply put, I haven't felt like my vote...
Earlier this week, I deleted Twitter from my phone. It’s not like I’ve been a big Twitter-er in the 11 years since I first signed up. I amassed a grand total of 15 followers and only followed 71 accounts...
Today is way back Wednesday and, my oh my, how that phrase truly resonates these days. Senseless killings, police brutality, protests, riots, looting, division, and full out chaos are all around us. At times I cannot tell if this...
  I stand at a loss of words to express the pain and anger and frustration I feel over what is happening in our country right now. In the span of two weeks, we saw video of Ahmaud Arbery, a...

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Family Trip to Lake Barkley

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My family and I went on a last-minute trip last week to Lake Barkley. I am hopefully starting a new job in the next...