• 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.  …

  • love,  nerd,  Valentine's Day,  writing

    It’s Valentine’s Day, get out your…dictionary?

    I am such a nerd. As if I needed more confirmation of this, I had reason to look up the word “euphemism” this week, and turned to Merriam Webster online. Just under the word, it said “Euphemism is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 202nd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com. See a list of the most popular words?” Um, yes. This took me to the most fabulous list of words, including things like “esoteric”, “duplicity”, “didactic”, “comradery”, and “plebian.” However, I notice that the most looked-up work this week and today is “love.” Gag. Really? People actually turn to the dictionary on or around Valentine’s Day…

  • baby,  family,  kids,  miscarriage,  the fam

    Baby love

    Kirsten Oliphant asked for “a non-sappy love post”. Personally, I can’t wait to read everyone’s take on this, because I love the unconventional when it comes to Valentine’s Day.  For some reason, this strikes me as a good time to foray into something gritty that I’ve been putting off about  why 2013 was not my best year. And perhaps the worst.  2013. The year isn’t going as planned. Instead of energy, January feels off-kilter. Tired. Drained. Nauseated. Huh. What the heck, I’ll entertain this idea for a minute. Maybe even long enough to get to Wal-Mart at 10:30 on a Tuesday night to waste $8.00 on a generic test. Yet…

  • blogging,  family,  kids,  the fam,  work life

    Exceptional: a response

    Many of you have probably read this post by Amy Glass. There have been lots of responses.  I had to sit on this for a while. I read a lot of blogs, and while it’s not unusual to disagree with the general premise or certain parts of one, I can usually find some little speck of common ground or at least wrap my head around the writer’s rationale, especially if I have some sense of what may have lead him or her to feel that way. I can’t get there with this one. That’s about as nicely as I can put that. In my head, I have managed to pick apart…