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...
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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...
Have you ever been part of a one-way friendship? It’s exhausting, isn’t it? I’m not one of these girls that has a huge circle of friends, so I try to keep the ones I have close. When you’re the...
The other day, my son proved particularly exasperating. I say that as if it was his fault...when in reality, this introverted mama was simply tired of hearing an endless stream of consciousness about stuffed animals, airplanes and Angry Birds. I...
Hey lady! I am proud of you. In case you haven’t heard that today, it’s important that you know that someone is proud of you. Maybe you ran a mile this morning or perhaps you sat on your deck and...

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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...