Yesterday, I picked up my kids from school and headed over to Books-A-Million, where we often go for frozen hot chocolate and reading time. On the way over, I talked to them about a Facebook post I had read the day before — In that same shopping center parking lot, two men had approached […]

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August 24, 2018

Scared, But Prepared

  Life has been chaotic lately and I haven’t gotten around to sharing my latest reads with you. I’m so far behind, in fact, that I’m dividing up what I’ve read lately into two posts — I’ll share the rest in a week or two. I recommitted to reading more in March of last year […]

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July 28, 2018

Great Audiobooks, Questionable Memoirs, and Epic Literary Fiction: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

My son stands before the oversized screen of our television, cheeks flushed, eyes glassy, tongue barely protruding from a corner of his mouth. After one incredibly long, motionless moment, he suddenly begins jumping up and down in time with the tecka tecka tecka tecka of his thumbs on the game remote. “Mom, you won’t believe […]

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July 25, 2018

The Summer of My Fortnite-mare

There are some elementary school moments I always want to remember. There are others I can’t wait to forget. I still remember my oldest stepdaughter’s final year of elementary school. Everything she did that year was treated in our family as a Major Milestone, requiring all of us to drop what we were doing and […]

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May 16, 2018

Goodbye, Elementary School. I Won’t Miss You.

Dear Dumbasses, Every so often, one of your wack-a-doo rooftop pictures pops up on my feed and gives me the sweats. For too long, I’ve suffered through your photos in silence — but then I realized that every single one of you fools has a mom somewhere way, way down below, a mom who probably […]

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April 4, 2018

To the Dumbass Daredevils of Instagram, From a Mom

It has been a while since I’ve posted recent reads, so this list is going to be a long one! You’ll find some of the best books I’ve read in a while here — and some of the absolute worst. Check out what I’ve read lately and tell me what you think!     Be […]

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March 2, 2018

Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Fairy Tales, and a Whole Lot More: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

For years, I’ve suffered from a strange insomnia that generally strikes right around 3am. I wake up and my brain starts racing uncontrollably through every worry and concern I can possibly imagine. The next thing I know, two hours have passed, I’m filled with anxiety over something that will seem absolutely ridiculous the next day, […]

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March 1, 2018

A Surprising Solution to My Lifelong Insomnia

Nashville is in total crisis mode right now. Our mayor, Megan Barry, recently admitted she’s been having an affair with the head of her police security detail for the last two years. After holding a press conference and answering questions, she apparently expected to go back to work as if nothing had happened. But this […]

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February 23, 2018

It’s Time for Megan Barry to Resign

This is a story about love. Not the kind of love you typically think of around Valentine’s Day — the frilly, frothy, butterflies-in-your-stomach love of pop songs and Hallmark cards. This story is about a love that’s messy and raw and, sometimes, unbearably painful.  It’s a story about a love that endures. When I met […]

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February 14, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Love Story

  Last month was a great reading month for me! I read some great books in a number of genres and listened to my favorite audiobook yet. Here’s the rundown…     Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal If you enjoy audiobooks, don’t miss this one! It’s easily the best I’ve listened […]

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December 26, 2017

Robbers, Child Stars, World Travelers, and Celebrity Chefs: Here’s What I Read Last Month