Being Neighborly

We moved a few months ago and so, we have new neighbors. Nowadays, I understand that most people don’t want to have anything to do with their neighbors. This is quite different from how I grew up. In the trailer park, we had lots of neighbors who we knew well. We helped each other out…

Let’s Be Nice

This week I went to the zoo with my 3rd grader and her entire class. It was fun although I really think the adults had more fun than the kids. I watched as the kids flocked to the fake animals, which was hilarious to me. You might be surprised at how many fake animals are…

Staged Life

Recently, I attended a one year old’s birthday party. There were tons of people there who I didn’t know and no one was really saying hi. It was cliqueish, actually. So, we ate and hung out and I watched the guest of honor get passed around through 20 different people’s hands. Finally, it was time…

Being Poor

Today I ate lunch with my first grader and her classmates. This is something I do often and I truly enjoy the time I get to spend with her. Also, talking to first graders about anything is quite fun. However, one of her classmates began telling us how he and his parents are currently living…

Healthcare Today

Recently, I took my father to his monthly doctor’s appointment. It’s part of a routine we have developed over the past 6 months, which includes an hour long drive and shooting the breeze. I hadn’t been feeling good due to an earache so I thought I’d see his doctor too while we were there. No…

Good Ole Rocky Top

Growing up in East Tennessee fairly close to the home of the Big Orange (University of Tennessee) necessitates 2 things:  1) rooting for the Vols any and every time they play a sport (mostly basketball and football) 2) learning the words to the fight song, Rocky Top I was in 3rd grade when I first…

Where are YOU from?

Has anyone been asked this question? I am asked this quite often. I work from home and I speak to people on the phone (people do still talk on these things!) from all over the country from Maine to Hawaii. Oftentimes, at the end of our sessions, the person on the other line says something…

Why am I doing this blog?

Every day I see things in the news that drive me absolutely crazy. I see at least 10 things each day that I want to write about just from Facebook. That doesn’t include what I hear on the radio, TV news programming, and from friends and family. The reason I chose to blog is because…