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October 19, 2016

Standing at the front door, there was a churning in the pit of my stomach, a twisting resignation that I was saying goodbye to everything on the other side of that locked door. What was once a storm passing us far out in the Atlantic was now predicted to make landfall...

June 2, 2016

Fifty. The big 5-0. 50. It doesn’t matter how I say it or how many times I say it, I still find it hard to believe. I mean, wasn’t it just yesterday I was popping zits and waiting to see if my tux was ready for prom? How could I be turning fifty already? Hell, I still...

May 19, 2016

 

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me January 2012)

 

In 2004, our area was hit by four hurricanes spaced two weeks apart.  It was during the aftermath of these storms that my love for porches began and they in turn became my sanctuary.

 

Charley was the first st...

February 4, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 1/13)

 

One of my family’s favorite places to visit is the Disney Marketplace, or Downtown Disney as I’m used to calling it.  It’s a series of specialty shops, restaurants, and night clubs centered around the business of pushing...

January 21, 2016

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me 10/10)

 

Some things just aren’t funny.  An Amber Alert is one of those things.  My gut clenches every time I hear one and my heart fills my throat as that droll monotone voice breaks into the music and describes the child.  It a...

December 15, 2015

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me on 12/11)

 

“What time are you eating Thanksgiving dinner?”

 

I shrugged.  “Four or four-thirty.  Why?”

 

“Okay, good.  I think we can make it.  Her family is eating early.”  Nathan wore an expression of relief, as if he had jus...

October 23, 2015

(Originally posted at The Mess That Is Me October 2012)

 

These final three months of the year are my favorite.  I love the weather, the sense of family that surrounds the holidays, and the abundance of decorations that fill yards and businesses.  And the food, I love th...

September 28, 2015

 

Facebook is a sharp knife with a dual-sided blade. On one side, it’s a great way to connect, advertise, and share important information. Flip it over and you have ignorance being shared with fictional news accounts, which people take and spread as real, over-dramatic...