A Tribute to an Amazing Woman-Bessie Coleman

Based on recent events in my life and in our society, I want to bring back a post I wrote in 2015. This post was part of a series that highlighted accomplished women. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat, but today I feel a renewed sense of energy. Women like Kamala Harris and Stacy Abrams…

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Question of the Day: “What is normal?”

Normal. We throw this word around to describe typical things, the ordinary, the usual, the suspected. It’s a label, really. An arbitrary term subjectively applied to people and situations, and it seems more about people’s opinions than fact. Defining “normal” is difficult, though it is used most often to explain why someone feels comfortable or…

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Question of the Day: “How long have I been away…?”

To say I have had a lot on my plate recently is an understatement. Wedding, new house, ending an extremely difficult year of pandemic teaching has taken quit a toll on this limited psyche. I am not even sure if I have processed the swirling storms surrounding me over the last five months. As I…

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Balance: My Word of the Day

Balance is a noun. It is the idea of staying upright and straight when it seems as if everything around you is anything but. It is the state of maintaining equilibrium, an equal amount of this and that. But maintaining balance when things around me are out of place and skewed seems impossible. I know…

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Question of the Day: “Is strong the new pretty?”

With everything going on in the news about women being attacked, women voicing their feelings of being unsafe, and even additional discussion of male harassment and violence against women, I feel like this is an interesting time for women in general. I must say, as a woman, I am surprised at the level of shock…

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Moving In: Paying Homage to Those Who Lived Here Before

We are moving in about a month. Our house, the new house, is being built on someone’s land. They tore the old house down and dug deep into the earth. The dirt in our area is a deep red clay, so the ripped areas look almost bloody. Or maybe that is just how it feels…

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Chaucer, My Father, and the Me Too Movement

My favorite of Chaucer’s tales was the The Wife of Bath’s Tale. During the Middle Ages, women were not valued or respected. Women were treated as property. They were not able to own property or be educated. Instead, women were fated to live lives of servitude to their husbands. Knowing history as I do, I…

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Spring Renewal, My Birthday, and Forgiveness

Well, the day is starting off strong. First, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, renewing First Day of Spring. Practically, the First Day of Spring marks the day that the hours of light and dark are equal and balanced. Spiritually, it is a seasonal time of personal growth and rebirth. After the cold,…

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Question of the Day: “Am I the Fox or the Cat?”

Aesop’s Fables are a staple of reading for many children. One of my favorites is the story about the Fox and the Cat. Fox and Cat were arguing about what each would do when the hunters arrived with their murderous dogs. The Fox related the multiple things he was going to do when the hunters…

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Moving & Literary Throwbacks: “A Prayer for St. Paddy’s Day”

Yes, the next book in line is a prayer book. Personally, I love good prayer. When I was little, I memorized all of the Catholic prayers they recited at church. I still go through them when I am struggling. But I have also moved on to other prayer creators. One of my favorites is Tosha…

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Moving & Literary Throwbacks: “We are sliding through to fiction”

So what do you think of the new house? Not bad for someone who left her ex with two boys, a few boxes and a dream of a something better someday. Part of me wants to investigate this idea further. The thought that my ramblings about how far I have come might inspire someone, but…

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