Hillary Clinton to Hold Final Midnight Rally in Raleigh

November 7, 2016

Tweet Tonight is Election Eve. In my house the elves are all aflutter trying to get out the vote. The House of Dirt and Noise takes elections very seriously. It’s an especially heated and insane year since we are in a swing state. There’s been a hefty dose of vitriol too, but I’ve done my […]

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Haiti – First Impressions

October 27, 2016

There is a rhythm of Haiti that belies the stereotypical Caribbean steel drum beat. The cadence of a constant hum, a tap tap tap of metal artisans crafting discarded metal drums into fine art, the hammering of nails into corrugated metal that is a constant rhythmic reminder of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. There are car horns […]

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Thank You for Helping Haiti

October 19, 2016

TweetI should have taken pictures, but the image will be forever etched in my brain, and the corresponding generosity imprinted on my heart. My living room has been the staging zone for donations to Haiti. Friends and neighbors have left packages every day  on my porch.Bird and Deal have been opening boxes and categorizing items. […]

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Hurricane Matthew’s Wake in Haiti & at Home

October 12, 2016

Tweet I wrote this in 2010. Te a fatige. The earth is tired. No truer words were ever uttered. The people of earth are tired. 2016 has been a rough year in myriad ways. Americans are exhausted from a particularly vitriolic election season. We are losing faith in humanity day by day, though there are […]

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Highway of Raising a Teenager

September 28, 2016

TweetParenting hits a road laden with potholes when your child joins the rank of teenager. The smooth, open highway of elementary school years give way to gravel roads as soon as the teen years begin. Gone are the halcyon days… There are new roads signs to heed when you’re on the highway of raising a teenager. Stop butting […]

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Together. #BlackLivesMatter

September 23, 2016

Tweet Carrying arms is OK, but to be up in arms is not. Bend over to take your punishment, but don’t bend a knee to protest. Sit still, even when things don’t sit well with you. History is not necessarily our story. Shush they say, though the lack of speaking up is deafening. Give up […]

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5:00 Fridays TM – Birthday Clink

September 16, 2016

TweetI never did cozy up to being 47. Tomorrow ushers in my 48th year so I guess it’s too late to get used to being 47 now. Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE my birthday. I have no shame in aging. It’s a privilege, really. They say the wrinkles bring wisdom. So far […]

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Wendy Davis Stands Up to Support NC’s Next Senator, Deborah Ross

September 15, 2016

Tweet Talk about someone who stood up for women’s rights! Literally. In 2013 Texas State Senator Wendy Davis famously stood in her Mizuno sneakers for a 12-hour filibuster to halt the passage of a Draconian anti-abortion law. One champion of women and families is coming to support another champion of women and families. Our United States Senate needs […]

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15 Years Later

September 11, 2016

Tweet 15 years. Paradoxically, it seems a lifetime has passed since that blue skied morning, yet it also tugs at our being as if it were just a blink ago. We, Americans and the World together, look upon this day with a deep sense of reverence. It marks a moment when the world came together. […]

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4H – Hurricane Hermine Housework Hiatus: 5:00 Fridays

September 2, 2016

Tweet   A storm is brewing. They call her Hermine. Every one of us sees this and thinks “Hermione.” Amiright? To prepare for the storm I made a quick trip to Ace Hardware. Lest you think I’m handy, allow me to correct you. The likes of Hermine in these parts require no battening of hatches. […]

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