Burning the Negative

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One of my favorite chores as a child was raking the leaves. My mother hated when they would collect in the yard. She’d say that the leaves would hide the snakes. I’d collect the leaves into a pile and my mother would come out and set the pile of leaves on fire.

I would later realize that there’s an emotional connection in burning negativity.

There are times when I don’t necessarily have to verbally share my feelings/concerns. Some things are just internal matters that I need to work out. In those situations, I find it easier to express my feelings in written form. I write out my feelings, read it over, and then I burn it.


Because when you burn something, all you have left are ashes. You can’t get whatever it was that you burned back. It frees me and I can move on with life. Try it for yourself and let me know if it works for you.

Country Air & Rustling Leaves

As a country girl living in the city, I have an appreciation for fresh air. It may sound crazy, but when the wind blows in the country, the air feels so fresh.

Combine that with the sound of leaves rustling and you have my favorite fall sound. If I could bottle the sound and take it with me, trust me, I would.


NaBloPoMo October 2014

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Crunch is the theme for October’s NaBloPoMo writing challenge.

The sensory appeal that fall brings makes waiting for the seasonal change unbearable at times. When Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte starts tweeting about the release of the unofficial fall beverage, you know it’s time for pumpkin spice everything, the return of Fall TV shows, and football!!

What gets you excited about fall?

Fall Defined

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Fall is a flash of reds, yellows, and browns. These colors fall from their perch, dancing their way to the ground. The wind is chilly, caressing my face and tickling my nose. Rain creates puddles enticing me to jump in.

I wrap myself in the warmth of sweaters and jackets. My feet cozy in thick socks and boots. I wish the weather would stay this way until the birth of Spring but alas, that it not meant to be.

Night begins earlier, the darkness misleading. Hot beverages warm a chilly body in the morning air. Evenings are spent watching fall TV shows in the glow of a burning candle, cuddled up in a blanket.

Crock pots slowly cook soups and stews. Pumpkin spice everything fill the shelves. Ovens bake goods sprinkled with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Apples and cranberries are the fruit of the season.

The season never seems to last long enough but I enjoy the time that it’s here. So excited for the festivals, baked goods, and apple cider. Another season of memories.

Welcome Fall.

Public Service Announcement: Don’t Speak About What You Don’t Understand

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People have a tendency to speak without thinking. Nothing has made this more evident than Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the death of Robin Williams by suicide, and Ray Rice being suspended indefinitely from the NFL after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée in the face.

I understand that everyone has an opinion. My issue is when folks fail to consider the faintest possibility that this could happen to them.

Here are a few things I’ve heard in recent months on regards to the above events:

The police won’t shoot you without reason. He had to have done something to provoke the officer.

How can you just hang yourself? That’s selfish. I could never do that.

I wouldn’t stay around if my boyfriend/fiancé/husband hit me. Why did she stay? Why did she marry him? I bet it was the money that made her stay. She probably provoked him to him her.

That’s just a taste of the ignorance I’ve read and/or heard. People speak and/or type these opinion in a public space and have no clue who’s around to hear it.

There’s a point when opinions can easily become ignorant commentary. Please refrain from speaking about what you know nothing about.

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