Life’s a Beach

It felt good to have a “normal” day. My son and I woke up in a happy place, and before heading out to the shore, he said, “I love this day.” Isn’t that what life is about? Taking in the sun and enjoying the moment? Honestly, going to the beach with a toddler is a […]

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Where I’m From

I come from people that crossed the sea for roads paved in gold. Their children were the kings and queens of their world. I’m from waking up to the smell of early morning coffee and 5 o’clock news. Where I come from, there are homemade biscuits and kolaches. Someone’s inevitably going to be called “bubba” […]

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Courage in Catastrophe

I was recently called a catastrophist, and it made my blood boil. Anxious? Scared? Yes. Weary? Most days. But even at my worst, I’m always full of hope and believe in the best possible outcome. I work hard to live a happy existence. How dare anyone that knows me say anything about me having a […]

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Time for Take Off!

Each time a plane flew overhead as I played with my baby in our old backyard, we’d take a moment to look up and stare. His tiny finger would extend towards the sky as he pointed at the “pane,” and we would watch it until it disappeared into the clouds. I never intended for him to […]

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Who is She?

When I was born, she whispered a prayer just for me. She taught me to dance, but more importantly, she taught me that sometimes it’s okay to sit one out. When my body burned and ached and my heart was shattered after delivering a tiny prince, she stayed by me and her tears became mine […]

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When faced with an open path and a thick uncleared mess, the open path seems like the obvious choice. But what if the open path is full of poisonous plants, darkness, and scary creatures? Wouldn’t it make sense to clear a new path devoid of danger? It would seem so, but we tend to go […]

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Words carry such power. Such force. So much meaning. Being called “smart” by your college professor does not elicit the same feelings as your mom saying the same. “Be brave” carries a vastly different message when it’s said to a child before open heart surgery than when it’s told to an adult before an interview. The […]

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