Life

Silence is Not Golden

Silence is too loud EclecticEvelyn.com

I understand now why my grandmother had the TV on all the time, even when she wasn’t watching it. After having a houseful of people for most of your life it’s really hard to be alone.  The silence can be so deafening. I find that if it is too quite then the thoughts start to whirl around in my head.  The dark thoughts surface and then the spiral begins.  The trick is to not let the thoughts whirl to start with.  That is where TV came in for my grandmother, for me its music and talk radio. Just something

Life

10 Facts about West Virginia

10 Facts about West Virginia EclecticEvelyn.com

    West Virginia was formed from the Allegany counties of Virginia over the question of slavery.  The Virginia government in Richmond had declared Virginia a slave state and part of the Confederacy.  Several of the western most counties were Union loyalist and after much argument with Richmond decided to succeed from Virginia and form its own state.  Thus becoming the only state formed out of another state over the question of slavery. West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863 by proclamation of President Lincoln.     The first organized land battle of the Civil War took place

Life

Oh Yes Girl! 10 Amazing Plus Size Looks I Found on Instagram

Oh Yes Girl! 10 Amazing Plus Size Looks I Found on Instagram EclecticEvelyn.com

I love clothes and I don’t mean clothes that make me look like a frumpy old lady.  I will never understand why most retailers think that all plus size beauties want to dress in tents and flowered bags.  And for the last time, no one wants to wear some elastic waist straight leg mom jeans.  Stop making them!!!!  Another little pet peeve of mine, why in the h*ll would a plus size woman want to shop at a store with “barn” in the name.  We are not cows!  Maybe they have some cute clothes, I wouldn’t know because I

Traveling

Huntington’s Painted Trains

HuntingtonWV Painted Trains EclecticEvelyn.com

If you spend some time walking around the downtown area of Huntington, West Virginia, you will discover several painted trains on display.  Some are on the sidewalk and some are tucked into doorways of stores. These public sculptures provide for a great scavenger hunt throughout the city. The Artisans Express was created in 2015 by the City of Huntington, the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, and the CHH Auxiliary. “I created the Mayor’s Council of the Arts, which focuses on music, dancing, writing and the arts. We are lifting ourselves to a higher place,” Williams said. “The only thing that

Life

Anxiety: The Hardest Part about Being Outside

Don'tTalktoMe EclecticEvelyn.com

You see me at the grocery store with a smile plastered on my face making up reasons why you haven’t seen me in a while, Appearing calm and in control on the outside is a great effort on my part. It has taken me several months to even attempt this trip to a store. I smile and nod while you chatter away but inside my head, I am screaming in your face. “I don’t want to chit chat! I don’t want to stop and say hi! Can’t you see it is taking all my energy not to run!” As you

Life

The Betrayal of Johnny Depp

Expect the Unexpected #DomesticViolence EclecticEvelyn.com

Like everyone else, when I heard about Amber Heard getting a restraining order against Johnny Depp, I was surprised.  I couldn’t believe it.  How could this man who was the epitome of romance in Chocolat ever do such a terrible thing?  No not him, our beloved bad boy from 21 Jump Street.  How could this “perfect” man do this? No! it’s not in his nature. This is Benny who loved Joon, not some monster.  This man, who as a teenager I fell in love with and as an adult came to appreciate as a great actor could not betray

Writing

Under Pressure

#SoCS EclecticEvelyn.com

“Impress me with your knowledge of the law”  Mr. Johns whispered pressing her up against the bookshelves. She laughed uncomfortably knowing that if she planned on ever becoming a partner she had to put up with Mr. Johns and the rest of the good old boys club. How much pressure does it take to break through that glass ceiling? More or less than it takes to snap Mr. Johns neck? Mr. Johns saw a smile play across her lips thinking she was enjoying his advances.  He had no idea she was actually planning his demise.   Time for a musical

Life

The Loss of Prince and Amy

The Loss of Prince and Amy EclecticEvelyn.com

On the day Prince died, a little girl named Amy was murdered in a bathroom at her high school. I want to apologize to Amy that I did not give her the attention she deserved. I was too busy thinking about my lost youth and how Prince had been a large part of my teenage soundtrack. While I was reminiscing about my high school boyfriend you were being beaten to death at your high school. I’m not sure what the connection is I’m trying to make but it is extremely sad that while an entire generation was thinking about

Life

Go!

Go! EclecticEvelyn.com

Go! Such a small word that can be packed with so much meaning.  Interesting to think about how so much meaning can be packed into two little letters of the alphabet.   “Go!” Alicia screams throwing the champagne glass across the room. She had found the letters from Zack’s mistress. “Go! Go! Go!” Mom cheers from the sidelines as I run with all my might down the soccer field toward the goal. “Go!” He shouted at her as they ran out of the bank. It was some perverted game of Bonnie and Clyde but she was really the victim. “Go!” The