Judging Books by Covers

The following was written by my friend, Joli Crow. (It's shared with her permission.) And it speaks volumes as to the body-shaming and judging and the ridiculous lack of manners that seems to be rampant any more. I read this this morning on her Facebook status and the more I read, the more my heart…

Don’t Touch Me (Breaking Silence)

I have a good friend in Canada who is seemingly my younger twin. She's also got 5 kids and loves to write...although, Nuala Reilly is published and I'm still aspiring to be. We both blog and we are both passionate about fighting back against this "rape culture" for the betterment of our daughters and sons. I've…

My Body is a Traitor

Rotator cuff is screaming at me and has been since January that it is being overused. I tried taking it to the doctor and all she prescribed was NSAIDs and ordered an x-ray which didn't show any bone issues. I took it back in April and said, "Hey, this thing is worse." She sent me…

Sick Sucks

A friend of mine in whose office I volunteer several hours per  week, came in for about 9 days straight coughing and hacking and sounding just awful. Her colleague and I both encouraged her to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. It was obviously bronchitis. Fast-forward 2 weeks. I have it now. No one…

Things No One Tells You When You’re Young

Normal is just a setting on a dryer. Go ahead and be yourself. If you want to shout or wear mismatched socks or clothes that aren't in style, do it. Whatever the "normal standards" are today, they're really sort of a suggested guideline for the loudest group you're around. If you want to make snow…

I Am Beautiful

I stare into my reflection and admire my green eyes that seem even greener today because I'm wearing a dark colored shirt. I notice my freckles and pinkish skin underneath them, thanks to the sun I got yesterday while outside scrubbing the area rugs. My lips aren't extremely full but not thin, either. They suit…

Ow

How long does it take one to truly learn to not touch one's face, eyes, nose, lips after seeding and/or cutting up Serrano peppers no matter HOW MANY times one washes one's hands?? I have been cooking since I was 14 years old. So, if I use the new core curriculum math to figure this,…

A Glimpse Into My So-Called Mind

Inside my head there is a heated struggle, not unlike a big, fat tug-of-war, complete with ginormous, aircraft carrier-sized rope and a banner with the words "REAL ME" printed across it tied around the exact center point which is being pulled back and forth across the pit of my brain. On one side of the…

Glistening

No, I didn't misspell "listening." I was just trying to be the Southern lady that I'm supposed to be. We "glisten." We don't sweat. At 8:30 in the morning, it's 75 degrees outside with 66% humidity here in Northern Texas. Apparently, I'm glistening big balls of perspiration courtesy of this thing called "menopause." We really…