Born in 1983, I’m barely what they would classify as a Millennial or GenY. We grew up with electronics, America Online, and later demons like social media. We receive the most marketing attention, are ethnically diverse, and said to...

JSLoser

Shortly before my senior year of high school I decided to change my intended major to Criminal Justice. With a local university offering a decent CJ program, it was a no-brainer to switch from UAH to JSU—saving money, less...
....Opinions. We've moved even further away from a time when a complaint or a dissenting opinion wasn't allowed. Now the friendly folks in Jacksonville have done it again. I imagine them like a group of southern Stepford wives trying to host...

Weight of the World

She crammed the last drawing into her binder, double checked that her workbooks were in place, and shoved the bulky iPad somewhere in the middle of it all. After everything was perfectly in position, the 70 pound little girl...

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...
speaking peace

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...

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