I am a mother, writer, and teacher. I write about things that interest me, and I'm committed to entering EVERY Vocal contest and publishing writing EVERY day. I plan to jump wildly from niche to niche as I think, write, create and explore.
Off the Beaten Path: Great Historic Airbnbs for Unique Southern Getaways
You know, the South gets a bad rap. While there might be some things I would change about this region, I have had the great pleasure to live in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas and the South will always be home to me!
An Open Letter to Simone Biles After Winning the Bronze on Beam
Dear Simone, The last few weeks were rough, weren't they? Rough for gymnastics fans everywhere who have watched your 2021 Olympics struggle yes, but more importantly for you: an incredibly talented young woman with a dream and the chops to pull it off finding your body and mind unable to cooperate during one of the most important competitions of your life.
Teaching is My Craft
When I got my first teaching placement, my husband's grandmother, who had taught for more than thirty years in her day, gave me two things: a long sit-down talk full of her best advice and a pair of pink, razor sharp Fiskars scissors.
It's Not That You Aren't Hot, It's Just That I Don't Care
Happy Pride Month, y'all! For everyone in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, this is a month full of festivities, history tidbits, coming out parties, parades, and activism. It's also a month of music...from Lady Gaga to Queen, many of us will spend this month blasting our favorite LGBTQ+ friendly songs and artists in the car and at parades and parties.
A Small Act of Kindness
Midway through February 2021, and shortly after moving to Arkansas, my family witnessed a week of historic snowfall in our state. My three-year-old watched the snow coming down with his little nose pressed to the glass of our frozen windows, mouth open in awe as it piled up by a foot, and then another foot. My husband joyfully poured peppermint schnapps into his hot chocolate and kicked back, all work put on hold for the week as the entire city of Little Rock came to a standstill from the unprecedented winter storm. As for me, I spent most of the blizzard in the kitchen, savoring the warmth of the oven and stove as I prepared all of our family favorites, having stocked up the week beforehand when I saw the weather forecast.
Gemini: A Season of Transformation
Gemini, your season is upon us. A mutable air sign, you have a reputation for being vivacious, outgoing, and busy, but can also get a bad rap for being flighty, impulsive, and sarcastic. Represented in the zodiac by the twins, duality is in your nature and your friends and acquaintances often describe you as multifaceted, a person of many interests and talents.
Reducing Our Consumption of Animals Is Our Last Shot At Saving Earth
Stop eating meat and dairy: it's an unpopular directive. Browse any Facebook groups for five minutes and you're likely to come across multiple cringeworthy memes about veganism and vegetarianism. Where I come from in the southern region of the U.S., fried chicken and grilling out is a way of life. Only 14% of the world population identifies as vegan or vegetarian...and while that is up from other years, that means that 86% of the world population has likely grown up consuming animal products. And that's a hard habit to break.
Easy Vegan Fruit Cobbler
Summertime. The sun is out, the weather is warm, things are growing, and if you live in the South like me, you're baking fruit cobbler. It might sound odd to want to bake during the summer months in the hottest, most humid region of the United States, but as all good Southern cooks know, it would be borderline sinful not to take all of the fresh fruit produce being sold at farmer's markets and roadside stands that dot our countryside this time of year, chop it up, and throw it in a delicious, sweet crust. This vegan fruit cobbler recipe is simple and will have you out of the kitchen and enjoying a delicious dessert in no time!