This is Your Notice

My headaches have been getting worse lately, and I’ve started a new medicine, Topamax. Topamax is supposed to prevent migraines when taken daily. I’ve been on it just a few days, not long enough for it to have made a difference. I hope it ends up working for me. Getting the prescription was a weird […]

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Black Lives Matter

Here are some ways to help in and around Springfield, MO: Become a Springfield NAACP member Donate to the Kansas City Community Bail Fund Donate to St. Louis Mutual Aid Support Springfield black-owned businesses Follow Ally Henny, a local anti-racist blogger Attend the protest on Saturday, June 6 at 3pm in the Park Central Square.

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Parallel Universe

It’s easy to get carried away while editing. I do sometimes. I remove a sentence and discover that the piece is improved. I take out a paragraph and see it’s even better. Delete a page, then two. Eventually the screen is blank. It’s perfect! I think, Unimpeachable!  It’s the same thing with housewares. Every time […]

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Underbrush

Every time I go hiking in the Ozarks I think about the Civil War. There were a bunch of Civil War battles fought around here, including at Wilson’s Creek, the site of the second major battle of the Civil War and the first battle west of the Mississippi. The vast majority of my Civil War […]

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The Library

It’s a tough time for people who like reading books. It’s a tough time for people in general. It’s a tough time. Have you heard of this thing called coronavirus? Libraries are closed, my favorite local bookstore is not considered an essential business, and Amazon warehouse workers are striking for basic safety precautions and paid […]

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Be As Weird As You Can

Just before falling asleep a few nights ago, I suddenly thought that maybe the coronavirus pandemic could result in a blogging renaissance. I miss old school blogs, where people would share little musings or life updates. I know that people are still sharing this stuff on social media, but it’s more polished now, or it’s […]

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Now is Better than Before

Five years ago I was taking science classes at Ozarks Technical Community College and writing grants as a freelancer. I thought at the time that I wanted to get a master’s degree in public health and dietetics, but I hadn’t taken any of the needed prerequisites. I ended up taking a bunch of science classes […]

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The Commons

I’ve been trying to write about my daughter getting lost in Sears, and how that experience might relate to this essay I read, but I can’t. No matter how I write it, the part about Sears is boring. Maybe the experience of losing my daughter in Sears was boring. Life can be dramatic and boring […]

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