5 years without Mia

I call myself decent at remembering birthdays, but I’m terrible at remembering dates of tragedies. I suppose this is mostly a good thing. However, Facebook Memories was here to remind me at 3am when I woke to let the dog out that 5 years ago today, I was lying in bed beside my grandmother, Mia,…

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Recording moments in time

A few years ago I went through a period of time where I was working one and a half days a week for a newspaper in York, SC, designing their weekly newspaper. Every Monday night I would spend the night at my grandmother’s in Lake Wylie, as her house was closer to the newspaper office and…

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On training bras and doing whatever your friends tell you to do

It’s 1980-something and I’m in the back of mom’s station wagon, sitting on blue vinyl with my neighbor Lauren sitting across from me, and we’re on the way to school. Jenny and Kevin are in the car as well. Lauren says to me, “Why don’t you ask your mom if the tooth fairy is real?” It’s…

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An exboyfriend, some fake boobs and a stalker

There was something about Jason* that caught my eye the moment I saw him. I was working as the receptionist at the Jeep dealership, and he was a Jeep owner. And when Jason’s ice-blue eyes looked into mine and he told me he was bartending at a restaurant in Fort Mill and that I should come…

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Losing a friend, and then really losing a friend

It didn’t feel real to me when she died. It had been years since I had seen Anna, years since we had last spoken. Sadly, our last conversation had been a difficult one, and we had both ended up in tears. After that I had tried to put her and the high school drama behind me…

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Free car for sex? Why not?

If you haven’t known me for longer than a decade, you may  not know that I spent several years in high school and college working for car dealerships. I was a receptionist, among other things (file clerk, errand runner, customer service representative, DMV goer, service cashier, lunch getter, etc.) Let me tell you – working…

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‘If it means nothing to you / Why do you sing with me at all?’

I just finished reading a blog post that sent me into a song frenzy. EDW does a wonderful job of explaining “song crushes” and that moment when you hear a song for the first time that just speaks to you, and you instantly have to find out how to get your hands on it and…

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An escape to Florida fixes everything

Twenty years ago yesterday, I went to bed in my room with a window facing the front of the house and prepared to get some zzz’s before another day at the grind, otherwise known as the sixth grade. A few hours later I was gently awakened by Mom, who told me that just to be…

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When in Philly …

I told Justin I had to tell him this story after he spent the weekend in Philly recently: If you visit Philadelphia, of course you have to get a Philly cheese steak. Unless of course, you are like me and you don’t like cheese steak. But seriously, it’s an experience. Bear with me on the…

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On social graces

I was talking to Jenny yesterday and we were discussing some social faux pas, such as staring at someone’s computer screen while they are working, or watching someone nursing a baby a little too closely … Truthfully, I think many of these sorts of things happen when people are zoning out, not paying attention. Looking…

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