Still Learning from the Sky
Aug18

Still Learning from the Sky

I posted my first “Chasing the Sun” on November 17th, 2015. That was nearly two years ago. This is my 45th post for the Leaf where I get to write reflections about life, whether they be good or bad. I can’t say how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to write for a paper and site that cares so deeply about the people of the state of Alabama. the Leaf has been and will continue to be something I cherish deeply. So far, this post...

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Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
Aug11

Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Since the beginning of time, people have often found themselves divided down the middle of different categories. Male/Female. Black/White. Rich/Poor. East/West. Republican/Democrat. It seems unfair that, as a society, we consistently polarize each other. “If you ain’t for me, you’re against me.” You know, that kind of thing. One of the most profound divides is between those who are educated and those who are not. Writers have been...

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Smug Satisfaction
Aug04

Smug Satisfaction

My boyfriend and I don’t fight often. Well, he doesn’t fight often. In the nearly four years that I’ve known him, he’s raised his voice around me maybe 3 times. That doesn’t count road rage. For some reason, the only time he isn’t docile is when he’s driving. As for me, I have a much faster temper. I am the perfect example of a person one might call, “high strung.” I am a control freak and though Ian has turned me into a much gentler,...

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Summer Slump
Jul21

Summer Slump

I am a veritable heap of worthlessness. I know it seems harsh, but it’s true. I’m currently typing this edition of Chasing the Sun piled in a disheveled bed with my body contorted to accommodate two spoiled dogs. Occasionally, I’ll find myself motivated to move to the living room couch where I binge on old episodes of 90210. This is the same summer slump I’ve experienced since I became a full time teacher a few years ago. The first...

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Quality Value Convenience
Jul07

Quality Value Convenience

On any given Sunday afternoon, assuming I don’t have plans, I can be found in the depths of my Egyptian Cotton Sheets, watching David Venable on his show, In the Kitchen with David, on QVC. It’s a three, sometimes four-hour show and aside from flipping over to Food Network a time or two, I watch it in its entirety. I know that when I say I watch QVC, I’m automatically associated with a stigma. So often, QVC watchers are labeled as...

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Puppies and Perspective
Jun23

Puppies and Perspective

Yesterday morning, I slumped over in my bed and rested my head on the pillow. As the light from the TV lit up the room, a single tear fell from the corner of my eye and rolled down my cheek. The tear dropped to the pillowcase and the salty liquid spread out among the threads of the 600 count Egyptian cotton. What was I being so dramatic about? A puppy. That’s right. I was having a giant pity party for one because I couldn’t get the...

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An Early Father’s Day Tribute
Jun09

An Early Father’s Day Tribute

Yesterday, my brother, who I helped raise, got engaged. It was no great surprise really; he’s going to be marrying his high school sweetheart. They’ve been together since they were kids. So, the baby who used to sleep on my chest, and occasionally spit up in my mouth, asked his girlfriend to marry him. Yikes. The truth is, other than one or two outbursts of tears, I’ve tucked his engagement away in a category I call, “not thinking...

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Face the Music
May26

Face the Music

  Since childhood, music has been an integral medium of escape for me. I am certainly not the only one that feels this way. We’ve all had artists, bands, lyrics and melodies that evoke a myriad of emotions. Music can get us through the worst parts of life, make us dance and allow us to be overcome with nostalgia. I’ve spent many hours lying in bed, listening to various artists over the years, while hoping to work through any...

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