Wordsmatter

Words matter or word smatter? You decide.

Collateral damage

[Warning: this post is way more polite than it deserves to be.] What a mess. What an absolute effing mess. I was horrified when I first heard what had happened in Uvalde. All those children! The horror continued to renew itself as details of the situation emerged,...

Regifting

At every life event, good or bad, my people show up. It may not be everyone each time and it may not look exactly as I imagined, but someone is there. In fact, it's usually a whole lot of people. Some are family, some are friends, but at this point, those lines are...

The power of belief

Several weeks ago I undertook a writing project outside my comfort zone. Truthfully, it didn't amount to much, but it involved my own content--not something I had written on behalf of someone else--and it made me feel vulnerable. I was nervous and unsure, but...

If you can’t control your children

If you haven’t heard this, chances are you’ve thought something like it. If you can’t control your children… …you shouldn’t bring them in the first place.…you should take them out of here.…you’re going to have to leave. As parents, we spend a lot of time thinking...

New and improved

If you read my last post, Miss Labeled, you may have picked up that I'm starting to give more attention to my writing. Part of that included rejuvenating this blog, and I recommitted to Monday-through-Friday posts. I kept that up for a few weeks, and then I backed...
Success hasn’t spoiled me yet

Success hasn’t spoiled me yet

In Santa Barbara, California, a Chick-fil-A restaurant has become so popular that its drive-thru line extends into the street, causing 90-minute traffic back-ups during the week--longer on the weekend. (Read the story by clicking HERE.) One city council member said,...

Mandatory fun

Mandatory fun

I used a lot of words in yesterday's post (893, to be exact) describing a rotten incident in my career. Even so, the decision to leave didn't come easy. My time at that company was also punctuated by some pretty great moments, which were made possible by some pretty...

One night in Istanbul

One night in Istanbul

The lowest point in my career came at midnight on Turkish cotton sheets. I don't mean the sheets you find in fancy department stores with hefty price tags; I mean cotton sheets on a bed in Turkey. Jet lag kept me from sleep, so I picked up my phone to scroll through...

Results may vary

Results may vary

My dog had to go on a diet. A ten-pound weight gain in four months gave me panicked visions of a fast-growing tumor, but no, says the vet. He's just eating too much. After a morsel-by-morsel review of his eating habits, I determined that switching dog foods about four...

Just keep swimming

Just keep swimming

You must have noticed the sudden re-emergence of (mostly) regular content on this blog. I've been working on some issues unrelated to writing and much to my surprise, the words have come back as I begin to resolve those things. In fact, some days I just want to throw...

Get out of your way

Get out of your way

Once upon a time, a twelve-year-old girl hid whimpering under the dining room table. She had gone there to hide from her dad, who had commanded her to do the nefarious task of *gasp* calling the local department store to see what time it closed. The more she...

Do what you love

Do what you love

My son loves wrestling. He can rattle off the signature move of nearly every D1 collegiate wrestler, his record, and what happened when he went head-to-head against each opponent. Ever. I'm not kidding; you name it, and that fact lives somewhere in my son's magic...

E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum

I'm ticked off. Every day, I see people flying American flags, holding them high as a symbol of solidarity toward a particular cause. The problem is, the flag is supposed to represent an entire country, not one segment of it. I grew up proud to be an American. I still...

Shame and grace

Shame and grace

Why do we look down on people trying to get better? I sense this attitude all around me, and truth be told, I'm not immune to it. We all do it sometimes, and it should be to our shame. If you don't believe me, turn on your TV. You'll find shows such as My 600-lb....

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