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A Mote of a Life

Proof That Kittens Are Good for Your Mental Health

I had another dream last night. A bad one. On a scale of 1 - 5, where one is your regular, run-of-the-mill nightmare, and five is--well, you know what five is. You've been there. Anyways. Mom had decided to take... Continue Reading →

A Home Cooked Meal

“Tiffany! DIN-NER!” From somewhere far across the neighborhood, almost mistaken and ignored for another kid’s shout, I faintly heard my name being called. The smell of red meat searing on a charcoal grill drifted across the warm summer air and... Continue Reading →

New Ghosts & Old Babies — Or, Moving Through, But Not On

Ren purrs, scrabbling for my earlobe as we lay in bed. He latches on and begins to suckle fiercely, as though it’s the first meal he’s had in weeks. “You’re such a messy eater,” I mutter as drool covers his... Continue Reading →

A Strange Kind of Love

  When someone close to me dies, my first—and most lingering—reaction is always the same: “Who’s next?” Grandma’s been in and out of the hospital lately, so she's a strong candidate. Kelsey, my cousin, and the only other granddaughter in... Continue Reading →

A Drop in the Ocean: Sexual Assault on a National (and Personal) Scale

None of your favorite actors are safe to like. Literally — literally — every day, yet another prominent male figure makes the front page, slapped with claims of verbal harassment, or public masturbation, or physical assault, or rape, or molestation, or…or…or… In the Media...... Continue Reading →

Don’t Think Too Hard At Night

When you lay awake in bed, with the darkness pressing in on your eyes and the silence pressing against your eardrums—as you wait for sleep to find you and help you forget oh, so many things—your mind starts to wander.... Continue Reading →

The Life of a Pet Parent is Rarely an Easy One…

"Moooooom.....there's stuff* on the floor!...I can't lay anywhere!**....fix*** it!"     *Baking soda to take the "dog smell" out of the carpets. **Except for the couches, ottomans, dog beds, and rugs specifically bought for your leisuring pleasure. ***Vacuum.      

“The Same Boiling Water That Softens the Potato Hardens the Egg.”

Be an egg...

I Went to the Lexington City Council Meeting: Here’s What Happened

Last night, I attended Lexington's city council vote to remove a number of Confederate statues from Cheapside Plaza, a town square formerly used to auction off slaves. Lives were ripped apart in that plaza, people were bought and sold like... Continue Reading →

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