Recipe for Hope

Recipe for Hope

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"Here they come," I think to myself as that familiar heat creeps into the corners of my eyes. I blink to fight them back, but it's no use. The salty tears well up. I can't hold them back anymore....
I would love to write a post about how great virtual school has been going, how I have all figured out working from home and that we are smooth sailing right on through 2020. But I would be lying...mostly....
“You kids should know, your mom did not learn to cook from me!” said my mother, sitting at my kitchen table. My parents were visiting from out of town, and while they often enjoy treating us to restaurants while they...
November is Native American Heritage Month. For as long as I can remember, my dad would reference our Cherokee heritage. From when his hair was completely black to when it was streaked with silver, he'd share the few Cherokee words...
When I was a teenager, I played competitive travel softball. My team was unique in that we started playing together in 7th grade and stayed together until we graduated high school. We were more like family than teammates. But...
Last weekend, I did my annual mini sessions. I had the perfect weather, the most amazing backdrop of fall colors, an old antique yellow Jeep and a full schedule ahead. I was early, so I scrolled through Facebook waiting...
Is it January yet?

Is it January Yet?

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Ah, Halloween. The gateway to the holidays. Finally something familiar in the middle of all...this. The costumes and the cool weather. The candy and the festivities. Sure, they're muted, and distanced, and different. But they're happening and the kids are...
I have been sick for quite some time, but I hesitated to go to the doctor for so many reasons. This was silly of me, I know. If I had gone earlier and really made some noise about what...
My husband is a mental health therapist. Though he obviously can't ethically offer me counseling on the side, nor would I want him to (hello, half of the problems I need to discuss come from sharing my house with...
It was my fault he said. We had both had too much to drink. I went into the laundry room to change a load over; he came in, called me names, and said he was leaving for...
I can feel it at the back of my mind. That jittery numb feeling that is so compelling to sink into and feel nothing. It's the fly that you can hear but can't see and it drives you crazy....
I'm One of the Boys

I’m One of the Boys

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I am competitive by nature. Anytime I can compete, I do, which is why “I’m one of the boys.” That’s right, I am currently 3-0 in our fantasy football league and I love to rub it in everyone’s face....

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Family-Friendly Trip Guide to Asheville, North Carolina

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