Mother Nature’s Marvel

April 23, 2015

  We don’t need Earth Day to remind us that Gaia herself rules the world. Have you ever stopped to marvel at nature? It is particularly striking this time of year in North Carolina. There’s a rainbow bursting in every yard, between the sidewalk cracks, and peeping through fence slats. A carpet of yellow buttercups […]

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It’s Hard to Be a White Man

April 16, 2015

The other day a guy was lamenting to me about how hard it is to be a white man these days. At first I thought he was being ironic. I mean, he was saying this to me, a brown woman. Hearing these words uttered from the lips of a white man left me feeling perplexed. […]

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Thankful for Shots

April 14, 2015

We have a long-standing family tradition to say our thank you’s before dinner. Instead of saying grace, we hold hands and each share something we are thankful for from our day. The only rule is we cannot say we are thankful for a material object. Last weekend, oddly enough, we all said we are thankful […]

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Eyes Up, Phones Down

April 8, 2015

I’m going to say something very unpopular here. Prepare for a get-off-mah-lawn rant…I’m tired of kids with cell phones. I’m tired of seeing kids with their fingers pushing buttons or their faces in a screen all the time. I’m tired of the lack of eye contact and reliance on a screen to communicate (or avoid […]

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Come to North Carolina

April 2, 2015

If North Carolina had a state vehicle, it would be a hand basket. And we’re on the highway to hell. North Carolina has been in the national spotlight plenty of times, and I’m not talking about basketball. We have a GOP-run legislature emboldened by its Pope and Koch ties. They don’t believe in science, yet […]

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Writing Prompts for Family Travel Abroad

April 1, 2015

There’s a tin sign perched over a door frame in my family room. It reads “Home — Where your story begins.” I’m heading home, in a sense, though I’ll be a stranger in my homeland. We are about to embark on an epic journey. Unlike kids these days, I don’t use the word epic lightly. […]

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Goodbye to a Life Too Short, Yet Very Sweet

March 30, 2015

She griggled when I met her. That’s a grin + a giggle. She pointed to her foot and said, “Shoe.” I knew I liked this kid. She was two. She was awaiting a bone marrow transplant. I spent ten years volunteering with pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. They gave me more than I ever gave […]

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Sloe Gin Fizz – 5:00 Fridays TM

March 27, 2015

Ours is a friendship of firsts.  First… Crush Car School dance Broken curfew Car accident Date Fashion disaster All-nighter Boyfriend Period Taste of liquor F Heartbreak Job She knew me back when my parents were married. She’s known me by three different names. She knows my ugly habits, antics, and such but loves me anyway. […]

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Peacemaker – 5:00 Fridays TM

March 20, 2015

I’m certain neither the song nor the sentiment “Let There Be Peace On Earth and Let It Begin With Me” has nothing to do with beer. The song’s sheet music includes this story: “One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the […]

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Be Someone’s Safe Person

March 18, 2015

  “Mommy, even though it’s a different time now than when you were a kid, I don’t think kids today would say if they are gay.” And so began one of our typical car pool conversations. Mac Daddy and I have always been candid with our children. We talk about myriad issues at the dinner […]

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