Gotta be honest, ya’ll.  I am currently 37 years old and I don’t drink alcohol.  I just never have.  I’ve never been into that type of thing. I’ve never liked the smell, or the idea of the taste.  Have you ever met those folks that know they don’t like something without even trying it first? That’s me… so yeah, I’ve never tried a real long island iced tea, any kind of cocktail, glass of red wine or even champagne, and I’ve never really wanted to no matter how pretty or bubbly that glass looked.  Eh.

Anytime I go out with friends, or with colleagues, or even family, I’m that girl who muffles to the bartender, “I’ll have a coke.”

It took my constant couponing to even try out this “mock-tail” of an alcoholic drink.  Earlier this year, Kroger had Ocean Spray’s Mock-tail for it’s free Friday download.  And it doesn’t matter what is for free on any given week, I get it all.  This would be no exception.

But would I like it?  The answer is surprisingly – yes! View Post

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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night from a deep sleep.  But instead of rolling over to get more comfortable, you cannot move at all.  You can’t open our eyes or even utter a word.  Your whole body is paralyzed in fear.  You can feel a presence with you.  Sometimes it just stands over you, or sits next to you in bed.  You can feel your bed sinking, or lifting up.  Your ankles are grabbed and your dragged further down to the foot of your bed, or your arms are pulled behind you.  Maybe you feel pressure on your chest, or scratches down your back.  It doesn’t end for what seems a lifetime.  But then suddenly, you’re able to move and jump out of bed.  You’re a sweaty mess… frightened, confused, and unsure if you should tell anyone about what’s going on because, lets face it, who’s gonna believe you???

This was my life for about a year as a 16 year old teenager.  This is my true story. View Post


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Recent terrorist attacks, like the one that happened this past Saturday, provoke the same emotions out of innocent strangers that are harbored within the people who act out on them—anger and fear. Since the last election, protests and various community demonstrations have increasingly had acts of terror,  civil disorder and racism, perhaps because the lack of compassion towards each other,  feelings of nonacceptance, and believing that racial equality is a threat is exactly what terrorists like this feed on, and it helps to expand their base.

I’m sure you probably have heard of the Charlotteville, Virginia “Unite the Right” Rally / Rally against confederate monuments being taken down that quickly went awry the afternoon of August 12, 2017 by now. Protesters from all around the country drove in the state bringing their weapons and their tiki torches, and with the thick mix of hate speech, hostility soon got out of hand. Two police officers died after a crash while surveying the demonstrations by helicopter, and a man plowed his Dodge Challenger into into counter-protesters, killing one woman named Heather Hayer, and injuring over a dozen more.  Officials have since identified the suspect as James Alex Fields Jr, a 20 year old guy from Maumee, Ohio who tried to flee afterward but was quickly caught by police. Like so many other protests before this one, it culminated in senseless death and violence, leaving 19 injured in the car incident alone. The victims were of many different races, and backgrounds.

The president tweeted a few messages on Twitter, and also made a brief statement to press and the country following the attack, in which he did not at all call out by name the specific groups that were involved, stating in part:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

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I’ve always liked trying out new social sites.  I still remember all the days and nights I enjoyed chatting on Collegeclub, and the beginnings of MySpace and also Hi5.  Who would have thought today of what a success that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become???  And now, here is Snapchat.  It’s been out since September of 2011, but it’s taken me almost 6 years to even get curious enough to download this mobile app.

Snapchat is basically a social app used to send videos and photo messages that disappear after a short amount of time – only 24 hours.  You can send these messages to everyone on your friends-list, a chosen few, or download them and keep them private for yourself.  I can easily see why teenagers would love using this app, and why older folks would easily get confused by it.  Shoot, I still don’t know the ins and outs of all Snapchat’s features yet.  I have already accidentally sent some people that I follow – including Michelle Obama, a rather silly photo or two that I didn’t mean for them to ever, ever see.  So, I try now to be extra careful when maneuvering through the screens whenever using  it. View Post