Category Archives: Growing Up

Daily Prompt: Prized Possession

Daily Prompt: Prized Possession. I think most kids have something – some kind of toy or article of clothing – that they value more than others. At least for a period of time, there is usually a favorite, an item that … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt: Whoa!

Daily Prompt: Whoa!. The Surrealism of a Seizure I had just turned 20 years old and had transferred colleges, moving from a tiny liberal arts school in sunny St. Petersburg, FL, to the massive system that is UNC, Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited. The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20, and a great deal of time in almost every person’s life is spent in reflection, in thinking about what “would have been” or “could have been” if only…. I … Continue reading

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Destination: Graceland

As a teenager, one of my favorite things to do on a weekend night was to stay up late and watch old Elvis movies. I loved him and all those campy films. I saw Elvis master the art of race-car driving; … Continue reading

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Fear Not the Beet

Growing up, just the word “beet” sent shivers up my spine. My mom did not often serve this vegetable but when she did it was a chore to eat what was put on my plate. Usually, it was pickled…can you … Continue reading

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Remembering Lizzie

Like so many people last year, I read the book The Help. I had heard about it and was reluctant to pick it up, fearful, I guess, that it would misrepresent the southern world in which I grew up. But … Continue reading

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Thinking of Grandmother

  My grandfather died before I was two, thus leaving my grandmother to live out the latter part of her life alone, something, I imagine after hearing tales about my grandfather, his sordid jokes, his hyperbolic mannerisms and his defiant womanizing, … Continue reading

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Stitches in Time

  Three times now in the past six weeks I have found myself in a JoAnne Fabric Store, wandering up and down the aisles looking for material, threads and velcro. I have been in need of more “belly bands”, the … Continue reading

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The Great Bike Wreck

A few months ago my sister called me to tell me she had crashed her bike. Out for a healthy ride one afternoon, she didn’t see a pothole and lead her hybrid wheels right into it, thus toppling over the … Continue reading

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Ballroom Dancing, White Gloves and All

The other night my boyfriend and I watched Dancing with the Stars, a television sensation that pairs a B-rate celebrity with a professional dancer. The couple has 1 week to learn a new dance, don a skin-tight flashy, often feathered, … Continue reading

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