Trick or Diarrhea

Halloween brings hundreds, if not thousands, to the North Oaks neighborhood every year. I don’t know if we participate as an excuse to dress cute and have fun, for love of the holiday, or if we view it as...
When did expressing a dissenting opinion become complaining? If not agreeing with the majority is labeled as a bad thing, then I'm number one on the naughty list. The quote on the main page is taken from Mark Twain: "Whenever...
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Speaking My Peace

I’ve made my posts about bullies. Let this post be about thanking those individuals. To catch up, I walked up on a scene, was videotaped, and called a whale. Old news. It’s easy to bully when you hide behind a keyboard,...
I always feel like a warning or explanation is in order when I make posts like this. I consider myself Christian. I do not consider myself a “good Christian.” I sin more than I probably should, I’d rather sleep...
I've written about my experiences in church in Jacksonville before. It was a reflection of what the church was like growing up as an outsider. Sadly, things haven't changed a whole lot now that I'm an adult and I'm...

Small Town Politics

While most of the country is focused on the Trump/Clinton drama (go Trump, by the way), our little "Gem of the Hills" is embattled in local elections at present. Last night we found out who won the city council...
School has started back and once again it's time for the friendly PTO reminders of whatever shit the kids will be selling this week. I don't mind the school supplies, weird fees, and occasional classroom donation... but I refuse...
Given the uneasy state of our nation, I could write about Black Lives Matter, but I won’t. As a white middle-class woman, I have no idea what it’s like to be anything else and feel grossly unqualified to make...
I walked out of a family get together yet again. Some people make dramatic entrances, I make dramatic exits. Usually it starts with me disagreeing with somebody and this last time was no different--hateful texts were exchanged and Facebook pages...
I didn't have a large group of friends in high school. I didn't even have a small group--the class of 2001 more or less just tolerated one another. The closest thing I had to a best friend, Liz, decided...

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