This past Sunday morning, I was snuggling my pup and thinking about the first 16 years of my life I spent petrified of dogs and the 9.5 years after that I was just somewhat comfortable around them. The tiniest little dog would send me flying onto someone’s kitchen counter, screaming and crying. In 2007, my Granddad got a pup, and he and my mom made … Continue reading Fears & Furry Friends
You’ve seen it in the movies. Dorothy and Toto running for shelter as a twister spins their way. Yesterday evening was a whirlwind of plans and places to be. My husband dropped me off at home before his final stop. I did the usual- took the pup out to pee, played fetch, played tugs, and we listened to a storm roll in. I finally got … Continue reading Twister
A little over a year and a half ago, my family moved to beautiful Amelia Island. It was a place we had vacationed at for many years, but not a place I ever thought I’d call home. Shortly after moving, I wrote a blog post titled “What is home?”. The following passage ended that post. Not long after my student career, my family moved to … Continue reading Things Change
As I tossed and turned last night, trying to fall asleep, my phone lit up on my bedside table. A CNN notification. Another cop shot and killed. Another son dead, maybe even a dad, husband, father. And for what? Just another day at work. September 11, 2001. I remember this day very clearly. I was in fourth grade and the kids were talking about the planes … Continue reading Taking a Look Back
No matter what’s going on in the U.S. and the world around us- the good, the bad, things we agree on, things we disagree on- it’s nice to see there’s one day when all Americans stand up together, proud to be a part of this beautiful country. Everyone associates the Fourth of July with attending the local parade, grilling out, spending time with family and … Continue reading ‘Merica
Some people say it’s where you grew up; others say it’s the the people you’re with and where the heart is. But what if your heart is in several places? I grew up in Huntington, WV. The people I met there, the experiences I had and the memories I hold onto will forever be a part of me. People are so quick to complain about … Continue reading What is Home?