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Southerners Don’t Like Rules

June 12, 2015

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(To all my lovely Followers, thinkandponder will soon be coming to an end and will officially become the blog of Cheaper Than Therapy – A Storytelling Show. http://www.cheap-therapy-storytelling-show.com. Posts will be made in both locations until June 30, 2015. If you wish to stay in touch, please follow the CTT page so you don’t miss […]

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Chronic Exhaustion and How to Survive Being a Mother

May 27, 2015

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I was born chronically exhausted, so once I had a child, any hope of ever feeling rested again went right out the window. And it’s not just when they are babies. It starts then and goes until you die.  My long-term affliction has morphed with regular mom-exhaustion into a Defcon 5 level of survival strategies. Here are my top […]

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SNAKES: And if you are carrying one around in a public place, you suck.

May 18, 2015

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Unless that place is a Snake Convention and that still makes you an asshole. I am furious and when I am furious, I swear worse than normal. I COULD write this without using NSFW words, but I don’t WANT to. So read on, if you wish, but don’t complain to me about language. I am […]

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The Revolution is On

March 26, 2015

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Montgomery, Alabama has long been on the forefront of powerful social justice movements, changes in our society that have impacted the way our entire nation lives and relates to each other. You now have the chance to be on the frontlines of a new movement, a revolution if you will. I have one word for you: […]

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Number 2: A Meditation on European Toilets

February 16, 2015

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My fascination with toilets goes back to when I realized on my first overseas trip that not everyone was privileged to have a giant “American toilet” that uses five gallons of water for every five ounces of urine. Americans love wasting natural resources.  It’s in our blood.  Our ancestors came here, discovered unimaginable riches – mostly because […]

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Jive Turkey

December 21, 2014

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  Thirteen years ago and newly married, I cooked my first, and so far only, holiday dinner for my in-laws. This extravaganza involved my first whole turkey, and included all the trimmings. My new husband and I were meeting his parents and sister in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, to stay in a tiny […]

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Halloween Horror Story

November 5, 2014

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  When I was a child, there was a universal Trick-or-Treating sign of participation known as the “front porch light.” If you were participating in handing out Halloween treats, you turned your porch light ON. If you were not participating, or were not going to be at home – even if you normally left your […]

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Fair Games

October 15, 2014

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  Since the Alabama National Fair has drawn to a close for 2014, I now offer my observations and tips for next year:   Observation #1 – Visiting the livestock barn each year makes me want a pet rabbit. If visiting the livestock barn makes you or someone in your family, want a pet rabbit […]

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Two Hours and a Gallon of Downey Fabric Softener

October 5, 2014

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If you’re a mom who has ever tried to transform a cheap costume wig into a style that meets your Little Princess’ exacting standards and failed, this story is for you. (If you don’t have children, and plan to, read this, it may make you change your mind.) Even if you order an “official” wig […]

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We Survived Our First Family Camping Trip!

September 29, 2014

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  Lately, I have been having thoughts that tent camping would be a fun weekend for my family… I now think those thoughts might have been mini pin strokes. My personal attraction to camping was (note past tense) to enjoy a lovely setting, a water view and a glass of wine for twenty bucks a […]

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