Something that many bloggers struggle with is how to get more followers. Hint, hint... please follow the actual blog, not just the social media for it! It's hard. Even after spending a year or so as a ghostwriter for a SEO blog, I struggle with it. It's a very, very slow process. So I got … Continue reading 10,872 Steps to Grow Your Blog… or to Make Sure You Never Write Again
I have a chronic illness. Not uncommon in the United States, since almost half of Americans have some kind of chronic illness. Specifically, I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which affects approximately 1.6 million people in the US. I was originally diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2004, and for various reasons, the diagnosis was changed to … Continue reading Life With a Chronic Illness
I was a military wife for many years... no longer, we didn't get divorced, just left the life, lol. The husband has gone on to other jobs, which have involved some travel, but not nearly as much as the active duty Navy lifestyle. Some years, he's been gone a lot, while other years have only … Continue reading Push/Pull of Life
It's hard to believe that it's been six years since we moved to South Carolina, but Facebook Memories assures me that's true, by showing me pictures of boxes and bubble wrap. Truth be told, I wasn't sure we'd still be here in 2019. I've learned a lot in that time, about myself and about others. … Continue reading Has It Really Been Six Years?
You may have seen this post floating around Facebook recently. https://www.facebook.com/joshua.feuerstein.5/photos/a.443484622420892/1665338713568804/?type=3&theater&ifg=1 https://www.facebook.com/joshua.feuerstein.5/photos/a.443484622420892/1665338713568804/?type=3&theater&ifg=1 It's infuriating, and it took me a while to put my finger on exactly why it angers me so much. Let's start with the obvious. No one is "owed" a baby, and that's exactly what posts like this imply. I have a lot … Continue reading No One Owes You a Baby
We've usually not had great luck with neighbors. Oh, we've had *some good neighbors. Like the people who lived directly across from us in Connecticut, who helped me shovel feet of snow out of the driveway more than once. And the super nice person who saw me carrying in groceries when I was a million … Continue reading You Might Be a Bad Neighbor If…
We achieved the American Dream of home ownership some years ago, and we can't wait to sever ties with it. In 2005, before the great housing crash that was part of the Great Recession, we bought a house. It was intended to be our home for 5 years or so, after which point, we would … Continue reading Almost Not Underwater
Wikipedia has an entry entitled "Government shutdowns in the United States." That's rather telling, isn't it? There's a separate entry for the current shutdown that began December 21, 2018. This is the 3rd shutdown in the past year. Let me say this clearly. Federal employees are weary of being used as pawns in this game. … Continue reading Nothing But Pawns in the Game
Yesterday was my 44th birthday. Once upon a time, that seemed old. Now that I'm here, I don't *feel old. Do you ever start feeling old? I feel very introspective around this time of year, maybe related to another birthday, maybe related to the end of the year and all that comes with that. Now … Continue reading Goodbye 43, Hello 44
So this past weekend, like many other Americans, I got up to the news that a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Not because of the original law, mind you, but because Trump and his cohorts undermined it by removing the individual mandate to have health insurance. I thought this was something we didn't have to worry about for now, especially with Democrats getting the majority in the House again. Obviously, I was wrong.