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October 30, 2019

One thing about cancer, it makes Halloween a lot less scary. “Something in my body is trying to destroy me from the inside. But oh no, a black cat.” 

Tomorrow is Halloween, and it is one of Jaimie’s favorite holidays, 

which means tonight and tomorrow we will take a brea...

October 28, 2019

I spent a couple of hours at my parents' house yesterday afternoon. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and 75 degrees, and I figured that the best place to enjoy it was on their back porch. 

I got there around 3:30. My dad was outside practicing his guitar. My mom had ma...

October 25, 2019

Today would have been my 16th wedding anniversary. 

There needs to be a name for that day, anniversaries of marriages past. 

Xversiary?

Oopsy Day?

Emancipation?

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below. 

They say that your wedding day goes by in a blur, but what...

October 24, 2019

I found out that I was approved for the Clinical Trial on Tuesday at around 4:15pm. I was kind of freaking out considering my first infusion was scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30am. When the call finally came I squealed a little and thanked Trafina, my trial coordinator,...

October 17, 2019

“What is that thing that looks like it’s giving a high five?”

“That’s your heart valve.”

“Huh.” Given what I was looking at, I probably should have come up with something better than a simple “Huh.” At the time, though, it’s all I could think of. “It just does that all d...

October 14, 2019

“What did everyone do this weekend?” 

I love to ask that question. I love to know what people do when I’m not around. And maybe it’s the writer in me, but I want to hear details. What did you eat? What did you watch? How long did you nap?  

Rarely does anyone get in...

October 9, 2019

Have you ever had someone say something that cut through all your noise and bullshit? A statement that made you feel seen and known. That made you feel big and small. All the while making you wonder how on earth they knew that about you?

I’ve decided to take part in a c...

October 8, 2019

I’ve been commenting on political posts again. 

I hadn’t done it in a while. During the summer I was all about that life. School was out so I had nothing but time. If something idiotic came across my time line I would sit back and fact check the hell out of it. But then...

October 4, 2019

I might be the first teacher in the history of Furman University to spend class time discussing the food at our nation's gas stations. 

The discussion was academically viable. I promise. 

We have been studying a play called The Flick by Annie Baker. In order to give...

October 3, 2019

On Monday a student told me that her and her family went apple picking over the weekend. 

“That’s weird,” I said. “I didn’t know people went apple picking during the summer.”

“It’s October,” she replied. 

I stared at her for a moment. She was right. 

But I didn’t respond. 

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