Category Archives: Community

We Don’t Need Tough Love, We Need Tough Love.

I’ve heard the phrase so many times, “It’s just a little tough love.” Typically after a parent, teacher, mentor, coach, or friend says something that sounds quite opposite from love. Do you enjoy receiving this kind of ‘tough love’? I … Continue reading

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Writing Changes Things

Why do I write?  The question has echoed in my head more than once, maybe you’ve heard the same? This question is healthy–sort of a reality check. Without a vision of where we’re heading it can be hard to see the … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

I mean really, who are you? Give me the deep. Give me the real. Give me the vulnerable. Give me the pain. Give me the joy. Who are you? A couple months ago, a friend of mine brought this question … Continue reading

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I’ve Missed You, please read and forgive me!

First off, I’m so glad you are still here. I would like to apologize for vanishing. It wasn’t that I needed a break, or that I didn’t want to connect with you, or that I wasn’t interested anymore. I’ve simply … Continue reading

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Stereotypes and School Rivalries

We all know the cliques and the stereotypes that are attached to them. The band geeks, the Math nerds, the dumb jocks, the teacher’s pet, the English snobs, you’re well aware of them I’m sure. So this is not a post … Continue reading

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Receiving Encouragement to Give Encouragement!

I cannot tell you enough how wonderful and inspiring Miss Julia is over at crippledatYourtable is. I have gotten to know her over the past few months, and she leaves inspiration all over me every day! When she nominated me for … Continue reading

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You’re More Than A Stranger

I don’t know your name. In fact, I can’t even recall your face–for you are a master of disguise. You don’t wear a cape and you are as humble as they come. Remember the time you held the door open … Continue reading

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Not Just A Dream

Earlier this week I drove by an empty lot with a for sale sign posted in the front. This lot has sat empty for 10 years due to the murder of two precious, beautiful, teenage girls. Two small crosses sit … Continue reading

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White Picket Fences

We see the white picket fences. We ooh and aww at the house behind. The yard is beautiful and perfectly landscaped. We see the family outside and wave from time to time, but never stop for very long. We walk … Continue reading

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You are too kind!

Since I began blogging, I have found some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. But, by far one of the kindest has been my new friend Lori from Creating Beauty in the Kitchen. Her story is inspiring- in her … Continue reading

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