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Dealing With Small Talk

Dealing With Small Talk

I’m fine, thanks for asking. I am 5′ 8″, maybe 9″. No, I don’t play volleyball. I’m from North Carolina. I work in finance. Yes, the weather is beautiful. Now that we have that out of the way, can we get down to business? I dislike meeting strangers, and I think it’s mostly because I hate making small talk. Wikipedia defines small talk as, “An informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation…” Does that…

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Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Fine Wine Versus Plexus Slim

Aging. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it. We humans try desperately to cling to the remaining vestiges of our youth in an attempt to ignore the inevitable. As I’m practically a babe in the woods still, I don’t have much experience with aging. And yet, I find it knocking on my consciousness in unexpected ways. At Youth Retreat, when I watch all the sixteen-year-olds cavort about and I just want to go to bed, suddenly I feel old. When I…

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Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

Several years ago I left my family and moved thirteen hours away to teach school in a little farm community in Illinois. It was my first time living on my own for more than a couple months, and I wanted a way to easily keep in touch with my family and share my adventures with them. I had tried blogging before, but it had petered out, as most blogs tend to do when started by visionary teenagers. So I opened…

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On Looking Forward to Summer

On Looking Forward to Summer

I have a lot to live up, you know? After so many of you read my post about complaining about the weather, I’m just going to have to tackle my rocky relationship with summer head on this year. As the days get longer and warmer, and spring is most definitely here to stay, I’m mentally preparing myself for what is to come. North Carolina summers are nothing to sneeze at. In the past, I’ve made effort to not complain about the…

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Complaining About Weather, or, Stop Being a Wuss

Complaining About Weather, or, Stop Being a Wuss

Weather. It’s the one thing in life that is inevitable, yes? Rain, Sunshine, Cold, Heat, Clouds, Wind…we know the cycle. It’s been the same our whole lives. And yet. Weather is the one single thing that people complain about, All. The. Time. As one friend commented recently, you’d think we would realize that every winter it is going to be cold, and every summer heat waves will come, and each and every day will either be sunny or cloudy. But…

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2016 in Review

2016 in Review

With all the people complaining about what an awful year 2016 was, I thought it would be nice to give you a peek into the highlights of my year. Positivity for the win! : ) Books I already published my complete book list from 2016, but here are a few of my top favorites. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss was far more hilarious than I thought a book about punctuation would be. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist is a memoir/cookbook/can’t-put-it-down kind of…

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Side Hugs and Tall Girls

Side Hugs and Tall Girls

Ah, the side hug. First off, who invented this thing? As a tall girl living in a short, side huggy world, I have a score to settle with that person. Truth be told, sometimes side hugs are inevitable, due to expectations or culture or other people’s preferences. And most of the time they work great, when the huggers have normal heights. But then there are those times when a shortish sort of guy is greeting a towering sort of girl,…

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How Gratitude Works

How Gratitude Works

Gratitude is a funny thing. Contrary to how it seems it should be, it seems that the more luxuries a person has, the less thankfulness comes with them. There are many stories already written about this subject, about poor people dressed in rags who were as happy as could be, and kings slouching sullenly in their wealth-encrusted palaces. However, gratitude is a subject people can always stand to hear more of, am I right? The following stories are not about…

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Birthday Special

Birthday Special

Since it’s my birthday, I thought I would  bore you to tears interest you with twenty-five random bits of trivia concerning me. Teaching school was on the list of jobs I did not want for quite some time. Then I did it at a little school in Illinois, I don’t even quite know why, and it turned out to be one of the best years of my life. This year I am attempting to do twenty-five interesting things I’ve never done before, in…

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Joy and Sorrow

Joy and Sorrow

The relationship between these two is something I’ve often thought about, and sometimes hated, even while grudgingly understanding that it must be so. But Kahlil Gibran explains the necessity of their intertwining so much better than I can. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not…

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To THAT dating person we all know

To THAT dating person we all know

Dear Friend I know you have a boyfriend. I know it’s new and exciting, and that there is nothing in the world you would rather do than spend every spare minute with him. I know that other friends fade away in comparison with the thrill of being in love for the first time. But here’s the thing of it. (You knew a “but” was coming, didn’t you?) Remember how you used to tell me before you were dating, “Please tell…

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