Day 9: The Mocksville Graveyard

Day 9: The Mocksville Graveyard

There was a spot I passed every day on my way to work for many months. I saw the sign advertising that Daniel Boone’s parents were buried there, and while it always piqued my interest, I never managed to find the time to stop in. Until one day I glanced in on my way by and the gorgeous leaves just drew me in; I had to stop. So I pulled in, and this is what I found. A hush pervades…

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Day 8: Oreos

Day 8: Oreos

When I was a kid, one of the men at church did a children’s lesson using Oreos as the illustration. “These two cookies are like two people,” he said, “And the frosting between is the love that holds them together.” I’m not sure exactly what point he was trying to impress on our eight-year-old minds, but I’ve never forgotten that Oreos mean love. For years I had some friends with whom I would trade packs of Oreos on special occasions,…

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Day 7: Writing

Day 7: Writing

When I was in school, I simply hated the writing assignments I was given. I used to groan about having “Nothing to write about!” and dread the days I had to write poetry and essays. But somewhere along the road, things changed. Maybe it was after school when I could write about whatever I pleased, or maybe it was when I learned to be a speedy typist, and my fingers could keep up with my thoughts. Whatever the case, somewhere…

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Day 6: Links I Love

Day 6: Links I Love

Any writer knows that one of the best ways to write well is to read good writing. And we are lucky, because unlike our grandparents, we don’t have to rely on books for this. We can pick up our phones and find a wealth of lovely articles at our fingertips. And if you create art in other ways than writing, there is so much inspiration abounding online. Gorgeous pictures, recipes for everything you could ever want, house decor…it’s endless. I…

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Day 5: He Was One of Us

Day 5: He Was One of Us

A friend of mine gave me this book one year for my birthday, and I have to say, it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Although it is laid out like a child’s book, and would probably appeal to children as well, it is rather more suited to an older readership. It tells the story of Jesus’ life and death, in the most beautiful poetry and illustrations. But let me show you, rather than tell…

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Day 4: Picnics

Day 4: Picnics

Maybe I’ve told you this before. If so, my apologies in advance, but here goes. My roommate and I have a summer tradition we love. After work on a Friday night, we’ll head to Winston Salem and spend an hour at the mega thrift store there. Once we’re shopped out, we make a stop at Trader Joe’s and grab some of our favorites. A baguette Triple cream Brie with mushrooms Green and kalamata olives in herbs Ginger beer Dark chocolate…

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Day 3: Nalgene Water Bottle

Day 3: Nalgene Water Bottle

A water bottle is such a simple thing, and yet, there are so many little differences between one that is just meh, and one that you can’t imagine your life without. Enter my Nalgene water bottle. Nalgene is known for their nearly indestructible plastic which is awesome, but I never really loved their design until I was gifted this particular one. What makes it so special? The lid unscrews to create a wide opening you can easily insert ice chunks…

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Day 2: Food Memoirs

Day 2: Food Memoirs

When we lived in Honduras, Melissa and I would spend hours perusing cookbooks and drooling over all the recipes we didn’t have the ingredients to make. And with the passing of years, my cookbook addiction turned to something even more interesting, a food memoir addiction. To the best of my understanding, a food memoir is a book which tells snippets of stories from a person’s life, around the theme of food. Memoirs differ from biographies in that they don’t follow…

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Day 1: Pantry Talks

Day 1: Pantry Talks

When I was little my family built a house, and one of the very best features it contained was the pantry. It was capacious and airy, with a countertop to work on, massive drawers which my little brother used to hide in, and best of all, plenty of room for pantry talks. Now, you all probably know that people naturally tend to congregate in the kitchen since it is obviously the best room in the house. But I beg to…

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Crazy Schedules and a Month of Posting

Crazy Schedules and a Month of Posting

Hi you all, First off, if you are expecting a normal post where I write coherently and in an orderly fashion, this is not your day. Just wanted to warn you in advance. The brain power is lacking, y’all, and so this is just going to be a wordy conglomeration which you probably want to skip. 😀 Wow, it has been a bit of a crazy month, hasn’t it? One thing life never does is slow down as I get…

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Christmas Alone, an Experiment

Christmas Alone, an Experiment

My family celebrated Christmas a few days early this year. We got together and worked on my brother’s kitchen remodel (okay, other people worked on that. I drank coffee and fried plantains) and ate mountains of tortillas y frijoles y semitas y cafe y tacos, and I may or may not have taught my nieces and nephews the chicken dance, because I’m a good aunt.  Good times were had by all. Anyhow, what celebrating early meant is that come Christmas Day,…

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What It’s Like Working Rent-To-Own Customer Service

What It’s Like Working Rent-To-Own Customer Service

This pastor was wicked and wouldn’t even help his wife; he made her work and make stew until her legs looked like men’s legs and he made her always wear skirts. The Bible says not to be wasteful so when I run out of laundry detergent I just throw in a bar of soap and don’t waste it…”