Pimm’s Cup to Toast National Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2016

Today is National Women’s Equality Day. Never mind that we share it with National Dog Day. There’s an unsavory bitch joke somewhere there. Frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t heard one yet. Look, I love my rescue dog, but we really can’t get any respect, can we? There’s one simple thing that all of us can […]

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Pay Attention & Be an Ally

August 8, 2016

Here’s what I’d like to see more of: Noting when things are happening in places that don’t intersect with our comfort zones. Just because something doesn’t affect us directly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care. By all means, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least pay attention. We can expand our world view and boost our […]

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Home of the Free (Labor)

July 25, 2016

Some of the same people who say we shouldn’t ask for handouts or ask for anything for free are asking me to provide free work. As in, use my talent as unpaid labor. I’ve been out of college for 25 years, but it seems that some businesses want to use me as an intern. Recently, […]

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Words & Deeds to Heal the Schism

July 19, 2016

There’s a schism in this country. Strike that. In this world. We are being torn apart by the limbs while some twisted spirit in the ethers looks down upon us cackling. These are not the age old war, famine, and familiar strifes we have known through the passage of time. This schism is intersectional and […]

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Reflections on the Setting Sun

July 11, 2016

The problem with a sunrise is that it happens too early in the morning. The sunset, however… Now that’s a different story.   A sunset is time for reflection. A sunset reminds us that one day closes, as if it were Mother Nature’s etch-a-sketch shake. A sunset means a fresh day follows, a chance to reassess, […]

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Community Comes Together to Support Backpack Buddies

June 30, 2016

There is nothing more beautiful than a community coming together to help its own. The world has been brimming with sad news of late. Here in North Carolina the tales from Jones Street continue to be the stuff of nightmares. It’s all the more heart wrenching when our state’s children aren’t looked after and prioritized […]

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My Baby is 11

June 22, 2016

  He cares more about changing the world than how the world changes him. He is a snuggler, more puppy than kitty by nature. His laugh will make your heart swell. This kid of mine, newly minted 11-years old today, is pure happiness. When he was a little boy, I used to call him Happiness. […]

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I Want You to Hear More About Hearing Loss

June 16, 2016

When I was pregnant (both times), I was what doctors called “advanced maternal age.” That’s a pretty uplifting way to begin a pregnancy.  I faced a battery of tests, and in just a year plus between pregnancies, there seemed to be even more tests and areas for concern. There were new ways to gauge what […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Child

June 15, 2016

In my estimation, there’s never been a time more than now that the world needs hope and peace and encouragement. I live down the hill from an elementary school, so the sounds of encouragement ring through my windows as the classes roll through recess each day. The giggles and yelps are my fuel as I […]

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The Letter the Stanford Rapist’s Father Meant to Write

June 8, 2016

The media and my own personal circles alike, are brimming with outrage and incredulity of the Brock Turner case. He’s the Stanford rapist. Any other title he had he traded in when he raped an unconscious girl behind a dumpster. Yet here in North Carolina we worry about bathroom stalls and the transgender boogeyman. But that’s another […]

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