What if I’d Done What My Dad Did…

Kids, I've been thinking... If you paid attention to the title of this post, you'll realize I've been thinking about my dad. Sure, he pops into my mind just about every day for one reason or another. Not in a sad, grieving sort of way. Just in a I still miss him, wish I could … Continue reading What if I’d Done What My Dad Did…

Eleven Years Later

I did something really stupid before I started writing this post. I went back to see what I had written on this day last year and the year before. I was thinking about going back to my old blog to read the posts from each of the previous years. But I haven't done that yet. … Continue reading Eleven Years Later

Cyberbullying and Suicide

Disclaimer: I'm going to say some things here that will likely make me sound heartless and cruel. Please know that is not my intent. I welcome constructive comments and criticism and am willing to dialogue at the end of this post. I recently saw a report on the CBS Evening News about a New Jersey … Continue reading Cyberbullying and Suicide

Taylor’s Grief, Part II

Stop! Before you go any further, you're going to want to go back and read the first part of Taylor's Grief. I promise, this post will make more sense if you do. Taylor awoke to the sight of sunlight streaming through the living room curtains. She could barely open her eyes. They hurt; dry and … Continue reading Taylor’s Grief, Part II

Taylor’s Grief

The funeral was over. Most of the people who had gathered afterward had already left. This allowed Taylor Steele to finally get busy cleaning the house. She was done talking to people. She did not want to hear anymore platitudes from well-meaning people expressing condolences. Taylor really did appreciate those people and their thoughts and … Continue reading Taylor’s Grief

Faith

Originally written in August of 2010... Caleb's hand trembled as he put the bottle to his lips. He was shaking so much that a part of him was scared he would drop the bottle. Another part of him didn't care. That part would be just as content with watching the glass shatter as with drinking … Continue reading Faith

Close to Home

I'm a creature of habit. I dare say most of us are, whether we like to admit it or not. Growing up in Roanoke, Virginia, it seemed that we always had two choices for local news and weather. There was the NBC affiliate, WSLS-10, or the CBS affiliate, WDBJ-7. In our house, it was always … Continue reading Close to Home