• blogging,  community,  hide,  writing

    Blog Tour!

    When Jessica Thornton (who blogs over at Meet the Magnolias) asked me to take part in this blog tour, I said, “Sure!” because I love these “share the love”, community-building kinds of posts. (Speaking of community, Jessica helps me out over at Mississippi Women Bloggers by managing our Instagram and Pinterest, for which I thank her very much!)  1. What am I working on? Too much. Not enough. Too much of what I have to do, and not enough of what I want to do. But when I do get to work on what I really want to do, it involves photography, graphic design, and writing a book. Oh, yeah, and…

  • community,  not so small stories

    Community: Mall-walkers and casseroles

    Down here in the deep South, we tend to think we do community really well. Hence the phrase “Southern hospitality” and such.  Truth be told, though, I find community in a lot of different places. Some of which are not even really “places.” I’ve already written here about finding community on my morning commute.  I find community in the cyber world, too. That may sound impersonal if you haven’t experienced it, but over the past year, as I reignited my blog, I found an immense amount of encouragement and support from other bloggers and from folks who are just generally engaged in the same online “communities” that I am.  …

  • Christmas,  community,  Laurel,  missions

    Christmas shopping: It’s for the birds…or the heifers

    With Halloween behind us, and with this past weekend being the first weekend of November, it was no surprise that many began to turn their focus to, you guessed it, Christmas shopping. The stores have changed out their merchandise almost overnight – anything smacking of Halloween is gone (or in a corner in a clearance bin), replaced by Christmas decor, some of which had already started to make its way into stores. It won’t be long before we’ll be hearing the Christmas music streaming through the store speakers. Amazingly, we have been able to pare Christmas down, gift-wise, to a reasonable level over the last few years. I’m an only…

  • community,  work life

    Commuting in Community

    You know, it’s possible to find community just about anywhere. What do I mean? I drive approximately 35 minutes to work from the small town where I live to a larger town nearby, commuting as do many many Americans. The vast majority of my drive is via interstate and the scenery is decent. I pass a blueberry farm, some cattle pastures, a plant and tree nursery and several other items of interest. This is not a bad drive, all in all. In fact, I have come to appreciate the time alone in the car. It’s time to think, time to prepare my mind at the beginning of the day and…