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Snowpocalypse 2021

It’s like everyone thought 2021 couldn’t be as bad as 2020, so the new year said “Hold my beer.” The temperature hasn’t been above freezing since Sunday, I think, maybe before. Today, finally, there’s no new snow. But this week we’ve gotten record snowfall in Arkansas. I lived in this state for most of my …

Moms and Daughters

My mom died yesterday. It wasn’t completely unexpected. She’s had health issues for a long time, in and out of the hospital frequently. She fell a few weeks ago at home, arrested in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, and never regained consciousness. So, I’ve had weeks to “process” and “prepare.” Mom and …

Folklore and Evermore

In 2020 – the year most will say has been the worst of their lives, the year when my greatest accomplishment some days is taking a shower – Taylor Swift released not one, but two, full-length studio albums. Several years back, I blogged about why I hate Taylor Swift, which, spoiler alert, I don’t really. …

Parenting in a Pandemic

A few years ago, I self-published a book: How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure). It was meant to be sort of tongue-in-cheek, a funny take on my experience raising three kids. In it, I set out the 5 “rules” of parenting (or being a “good mom”): Don’t beat …

Priorities

Blogging isn’t one of my Daily Big 3 today; in fact, it’s not even on my to-do list this week. And that spotlighted for me the larger problem: I rarely prioritize my own writing. So I guess you’re not solely to blame for almost ruining my writing. I often place a higher priority on tasks …

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Watch The Social Dilemma STAT

Practically every single day this past week, I had an idea of what I wanted to blog about but couldn’t get to it on my to-do list. By the next day, that idea was supplanted with another one. Then, last night, we watched Netflix’s The Social Dilemma. The Social Dilemma is an approximate hour-and-a-half documentary …

Recommended Reading

I’ve been really struggling this week with what to post. Basically, I’m censoring myself because a lot of what I want to talk about isn’t pretty. I’m talking toxic people, unsettling world events, and other such depressing stuff. So, until I have something more cheerful to share or am ready to stop biting my own …

A Kindness Filter

#nofilter I’m sure you’ve seen this hashtag, right? It’s commonly used on social media, accompanying what the poster is claiming to be an untouched, unedited photograph. Sometimes the photo is of a beautiful sunset, or of someone being him/herself. I don’t know for sure – and didn’t even try to look this up – but …

Fight the Monster

This past Sunday I was talking to a friend at church. It started out as a normal conversation about the funny things our kids do/say and how we know we’re so blessed but we’re also so tired. I have this thing I do, without realizing at the time that I’m doing it – all my …