The Robertsons of Cataula {Adopt}

Seven years ago, I met this guy. And I knew immediately that he was the one for me. I can’t explain it, I just knew. I waited patiently (HAHAHAHA) for him. It took him a little bit longer, but I knew he was the one.  Two years later, we eloped to Atlanta and said our…

Remembering Ron Anderson

*This is the eulogy I gave at Ron’s memorial service last August.* My beginning of Ron, 18 years ago, is really no different than any other Academy Students beginning with Ron. I was 10 years old. I was standing in the lobby. I was feeling awfully alone and inadequate because EVERYONE else had a gray…

Plans are Overrated

First printed in the last edition of her Magazine, a publication of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. My day rarely goes as planned. My weekly and monthly calendar feel like mere suggestions. I feel busy, sometime without purpose. I go from meeting to meeting, I answer the phone, emails, and shouts from down the hall. At the…

Who Says You Can’t Have It All?

**First published in her Magazine** Eliza Mason Morrill is the quintessential “girl next door.” Walk into her house on any given day of the week and you’ll be greeted with a smile and a “Heeeeeyyy!” She’ll offer you something to drink and apologize for her house being what she calls “dirty”. But this mom of…

Strong-Willed Women

*First published in the May edition of her Magazine* __________________________________________________ I think all women are strong-willed. In our own unique way, in our own temperaments, with our own personalities, we all have strong wills. We live it every day. We are single, we are married, we are divorced, and we are all finding our way….

Remembering what Matters-Crosspost from GeorgiaPol.Com

**Yesterday afternoon, Jon Richards, the editor of GeorgiaPol.com (among other things) died after a short battle with cancer. You can read more about him here and here and here.** I didn’t know Jon Richards as well as others here. But I do know people who cared deeply for him. And I care deeply for them. Death is…

With Age comes Perception and Reality

*First published in her Magazine** I go to bed at 9pm. I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. My alarm goes off at 4am. I eat lunch around 11am, dinner around 5:30 or 6pm. I have had a skin regimen longer than I can remember. I like to…

The Heart of Home

A couple of weeks ago, Randy and I attended the Season Announcment Party for the Springer Opera House, Georgia’s Historic State Theater. I grew up in the Springer. It was my home away from home. I would eat, sleep, and breathe the Springer as a teenager looking for a place to fit in, a place…

You sneaky sneaky grief.

There was a story on NPR on Saturday. It was afternoon. No idea what the program was, no idea who the story was about, or what the point was. No idea. A female was doing the interview and she was talking to a male and he was talking about a brain surgery. I heard him…

A Symphony of Flavors-The Synovus Toast of the Town

The Synovus Toast of the Town is back for it’s eighth year and it promises to be better than ever. With pre-events all over town in the weeks leading up to the main event, Toast is the talk of the town. Drawing culinary vendors, craft beers and spirits, and fine wine from across the Southeast,…

The Courage to Change

I know. The world is bleak. The world is harsh. The world is dark. We’re fighting a seemingly impossible fight. A fight for humanity. A fight for justice. A fight for just a glimmer of hope at a time in our world when that feels too much to ask. We’re raising kids in this world….

Senate Judiciary hears Marsy’s Law Again

**Cross-post from GeorgiaPol.com** On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on Marsy’s Law which would place crime victims’ rights into the constitutions of states that haven’t done that. Georgia is one of 15 states that has yet to do this with North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana passing the law overwhelming in November….