My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

This piece, the last of the "My Hometown" series, was originally published in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Grand Saline Sun. For the second time in two years, our county has been rocked by the worst Mother Nature has to offer. At 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I was seated at my computer anxiously awaiting … Continue reading My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

This piece was first published in The Grand Saline Sun on April 27, 2017. Saturdays were made for kids when I was a kid. Saturdays began with Bugs Bunny & Friends, The Superfriends, and Cap’n Crunch Crunchberry cereal; and they ended with The Love Boat and Fantasy Island on our television which was still connected … Continue reading My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

A year ago when I had to abruptly give up teaching due to the sudden onset of a terrible bout of anxiety and depression, I doubted that I would ever go back into a classroom again. Now that I'm feeling better, and am ready to get back to teaching, I've been doing a lot of … Continue reading O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

Life in Narrative #4: Vestal!

I sat in my car in the public parking lot across the street from the tiny brick building sandwiched between two much larger brick buildings on a Nashville side street nervously debating whether or not I would actually go in. I had never been in a bar before and I hadn't come to Nashville expecting … Continue reading Life in Narrative #4: Vestal!

My Hometown Series #10–The Little Library That Could

About three or four days after my family moved from Irving to Grand Saline, my great-great aunt loaded me and my sister up in her 1960-something mustard-colored Ford Fairlane and took us downtown to the Grand Saline Public Library to get library cards and check out some books to read. By late June, when we … Continue reading My Hometown Series #10–The Little Library That Could

Detoxify!

I've actually been thinking about doing this for a while now. Detoxing from social media. In the past I've always called these little jaunts away from social media "fasts" or "breaks," but I've never used the word detox. This time, though, it fits--and fits well. It's sad to say this, really, but it's true: social … Continue reading Detoxify!

Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 3: Things People Say That I Wish They Didn’t Say

For the last two weeks, I've been writing about my experiences with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, and panic attacks. On week 1, I shared with you a brief outline of the progression of these disorders over the course of my life, and last week, I wrote about the things I think people need … Continue reading Anxiety–Destroyer of Lives, Part 3: Things People Say That I Wish They Didn’t Say