Make Us Thankful

My dad had a theory that you could measure how Baptist a person was by counting the number of times they said “Just” while asking the blessing before a big meal. Like this would score pretty high on the Baptist-o-meter: (with every head bowed and every eye closed) Lord, we just ask that you just […] ...more

Farewell to Our Loving Family

Victoria brought the Loving Family dollhouse into our family then passed it along to Vivi....more

The Least of These: Refugees and Thanksgiving

I went to bed last night filled to weeping with what I’d seen on social media about the governor of my state, along with many others, declaring that we would not accept any Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. I thought of my friend Robin and how she once explained Jesus to me: she just […] ...more

My Life As a Drab Queen: Thoughts on Makeup

I sat in my car a few minutes before 11 a.m. this morning and watched one of those wonderfully Athens scenes: on one side of Hancock Street, tidy white families hurried up the hill to the Methodist church service while on the other side of Hancock, two glamorous drag queens welcomed guests to brunch at […] ...more

A Day In the Life of My Bra

Sleepy sleep sleep until the alarm squawks: BRA OFF Time to take boy...more

Making Pie From Pumpkin Guts

I made my first homemade pumpkin pie today. It seemed like the most effcient way to put away Halloween decorations, since I didn’t feel like climbing the ladder into the attic. I took a couple of the small pumpkins off the front steps and roasted them ....more

A Little Patch of Blue Will Do

It’s been raining for a solid month. How do I know? Because the day my dad went to hospice–poured buckets ....more

Isaac Newton’s First Law of Depression

Newton’s First Law of Motion: “A body in motion will stay in motion, and a body at rest will stay at rest, unless acted upon by an external force.” Once you’re up and moving, it’s easier to stay moving. But you’re not going to get moving without a good shove. Once you’re at rest, it’s […] ...more

Doors and Windows and Corners

You know that old saying, “When one door closes, a window opens?” I feel like that tonight, here at the end of the Dia de los Muertos when the door to the other world is shut and our beloved spirits draw their visit to a close. Well, the door may have closed, but a window […] ...more

Mi Dia de los Muertos

Back in ninth grade Spanish class with Senora Lee, I was assigned "The Day of the Dead" for my bulletin board project. We didn't have Google or even Wikipedia back then, so I went to the World Book (you kids can Google that if you don't understand) and looked up Day of the Dead. After that *ahem* exhaustive research, I stapled yellow poster paper to the bulletin board, trimmed it with orange rick-rack, and pinned a Dollar Store dancing skeleton to the center....more