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Southern is as Southern speaks

Southern is as Southern speaks

To be Southern or not to be Southern… That is the question. On a recent trip to Baltimore, Maryland, I encountered a whole new kind of “Southern” culture and dialect. Considering how long I was on an airplane headed north, I sure didn’t think iI was anywhere close to the American South. However, once I […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Never take candy from strangers

Never take candy from strangers

Easter is a time for replenishment and renewal, new beginnings and gratefulness. Stores are lined with flowers, pastels, every variety of marshmallow animals, and your favorite chocolate bar reshaped into egg form. The vast array of plastic eggs is also quite impressive. One year, Raff and I were invited to attend a large Easter egg […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
A good sport

A good sport

As my son gets older, his interest in the games he used to love has waned — hide and seek, tickle monster, and duck-duck-goose are a thing of the past. When he asks me to play with him nowadays, he usually wants me to dare him to drink or eat a gross concoction of items […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
New year, new me

New year, new me

Oh, how often I have said those words to myself. I love to make New Year’s resolutions because it gives me the ambition and inspiration that I need to make changes. Sometimes I wind up neglecting certain resolutions after a few weeks, but I consider a little bit of improvement better than none at all. […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More
A Good Trade

A Good Trade

Every Christmas, I encourage my son to pick a charity that offers children an opportunity to give back, and to see what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate. Whether that opportunity is in the form of volunteering to help serve meals to the hungry, filling boxes with warm clothes […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
That’s what brothers do

That’s what brothers do

As soon as my son was old enough to talk he started asking for a dog. He would beg and plead, and even try to make deals. “I’ll go to bed every night right when you tell me to IF you let me have a dog,” he would say. When he would find himself in […]

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November 1, 2018 | By More
Curse of the ginger gene

Curse of the ginger gene

If you’ve never visited the Northeast, I strongly suggest you do. The scenery, the cuisine, the architecture… I adore every aspect of it. On my most recent trip up north I visited Salem, Massachusetts. Although the Salem witch trials are a gruesome part of early American history, I feel very drawn to the hauntingly beautiful […]

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October 1, 2018 | By More
Cleanup at Tree Three

Cleanup at Tree Three

The end of summer always comes with a bittersweet feeling for me. On one hand, warm evenings that stretch late with sunshine, taking my son on vacations and quick adventures without him missing school are the best. On the other hand, months of hot weather, the idea of cooler days, pumpkin spice everything, and my […]

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September 1, 2018 | By More
A Brush with Teeth

A Brush with Teeth

Summertime equals funnertime as so many southerners head to the beaches along the Gulf Coast during the summer months. I’m not much of a beach person (redheads tend to avoid the sun as much as possible) but the rest of my family, my son included, absolutely love it. This year was no exception as we […]

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August 1, 2018 | By More
No smoke, no fire, no flush handle

No smoke, no fire, no flush handle

On a recent trip to Europe I visited London. It was the first time I had visited Great Britain, and I was quite excited to experience its rich culture. My first day was spent tackling the subway and recovering from jet lag, but the second day I was feeling much more energized and ready to […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More