Born a lover of stories. I love to read, write and tell them. Tales of inspiration, resilience and struggle.
A life long learner, I enjoy nothing more than sharing interesting and useful things I have learned so far.
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Is it Coming?..... 5 Practical Ways to Offset Potential Inflation or Hyperinflation
Opening my banking app, I noticed a pending deposit for another stimulus. You would think my initial reaction would be joy at receiving this huge boost to my family’s budget. It was not! My initial reaction every time I have seen these notifications has been momentary panic.
The Mysterious Button
Curiosity might be one of my exemplary qualities, but it has proven to have a dark and embarrassing side as well. When my inquisitiveness left me staring down the barrel of a gun it may have permanently tempered my nosiness.
YOU are the Strongest Woman I Know
Courage dear heart, As you fell into bed exhausted last night, I heard you breathe that familiar refrain, “Tomorrow. Tomorrow, I will do better. Life is so hard….” a tear slipped out of your eye as you lay quietly waiting for sleep to come and yet wishing it wouldn’t.
- Third place in (Un)Common Knowledge Challenge
Bikini Bottom Was Actually a Nuclear Testing Site
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Things are rarely as they seem. The innocent and silly SpongeBob SquarePants is no exception. First premiering in 1999 the show was wildly popular with children and adults alike. Created by a marine educator turned animator, Stephen Hillenburg, few people are aware of the sinister beginnings of Bikini Bottom, the home of SpongeBob and friends.
How VOCAL Turned Me into a Gambler
From a sane, mature, mother of five to an obsessive maniac walking around mumbling to myself and imagining the winning story for the next challenge.
IRON BUNS (Not to be Confused with Buns of Steel)
One of the joys of parenthood is the plethora of hilarious events and conversations that occur usually spontaneously. In the ongoing series of "You can't make this stuff up," please accompany me on a seemingly normal evening errand…….
Are you kind of a hoarder? Is your home cluttered and messy? Do you lose motivation by just walking in your front door? Does your stuff exceed your space? Are you hesitant to have guests over?
The fierce roar of a mechanical monster careening in through the second story bedroom window breaks through her consciousness, silencing her tortured dreams. Not yet opening her eyes to another lonely day she lay half sleeping, half thinking as the garbage truck clambers up the street. Cars whizz by faster than they should, louder than she remembers. The night had been so still, so quiet. How could the morning be so deafening? she wonders. “Thank you God for this day,” she breathes, repeating the ritual that gave her courage to open her eyes, “thank you that I get to be my kids’ mom today!” Fully awake, the street volume decreases as her thoughts rush to drown out other distractions. “You are ALONE…..” She no longer hears the sounds of traffic as the full reality floods back... Unable to even write, her thoughts too scattered, raw, confused, bewildered, she carefully extracts herself from between the sleeping children and creeps off the thick mattress, heading downstairs. As a stair creaks she pauses, relishing the morning quiet before the children’s voices wake the ancient farm house. Declining her favorite time of day in favor of a solitary walk, she skips her shower, slipping into yesterday’s clothes left hanging on the back of her bedroom door.