This morning my Grandmama passed away peacefully. Like so many of her generation, my Grandmama was inspirationally pragmatic. She was also gentle, caring, and had such a heart for her family and her country.

She taught me how to wrap presents (and let me use that $$$ fundraising wrapping paper that we all sold her!) and use cigar tobacco to take the hurt out of a wasp sting. During the summer, I'd go with her to church in the morning and play with her Ouija board in the afternoon. She helped me build a greater love for non-domesticated animals and Breyer's vanilla bean ice cream.

I'll be lucky to live up to her legacy, but a better person for trying.


Over the past few days, I’ve gotten to be a part of something I’m really proud of - #WhoAgainstGuns. I’d like to tell you about it. I know that this is a divisive issue, and because no one has ever been converted on an idea via no-name blogger (and, honestly, because I’m a little cowardly), I’m turning off comments for this post. If you’d like to take reach out to me about it, please send a message – but please read through my full post first.

TL:DR*: I don’t want to take away your guns. I promise, promise, PROMISE. I would like to see increased gun control measures. Visit the linked site for information on how to donate to worthy organizations, or maybe DO keep reading on…

Holiday Road: Podcasts to Keep You Occupied

Every week I get a text or see a post of Facebook or Twitter asking for podcast recommendations. Every month or so I see the “I’m thinking about getting into podcast” post. While I’m not an expert (although if you want to talk to one, I can hook you up with some master podcasters), I can make recommendations not only about which podcasts to listen to, but also what to look for in general if you’re just now getting into them. Here are my tips:

It was a dark and foggy day...

...and therefore the perfect time for a Stephen King update! I'm horribly behind on my Stephen King read through, but I was distracted by other book clubs, John Le Carre, and podcasts. I've attached both my personal feelings about SK (also pasted below), as well as how the read through is going. You'll see that there's still PLENTY of time to catch up!