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Sunshine and a Wringer Washer

  Isn’t it strange how sounds can take you back in time. Whenever I wash clothes and hear the sound of the washer agitating it takes me back through the generations of women in my family.   I remember my grandmother, my Nanny, sorting clothes on the kitchen floor on laundry day. Lights, darks, towels, …

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Love, Perfection, Reality, and Scandal

I have had great dramatic romances that have swept me off my feet, torrid affairs, and clandestine meetings but this year I am alone and happy. I have no pressure to make Valentine’s Day perfect and live up to some notion we have of what the perfect day to celebrate love is.

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I am tired but my mind will not rest. I can find no relief from this despair and anguish that I feel. I fear I am losing my mind to this insanity that is my body in its present state. This body that is not mine. This body that is possessed by raging heat and …

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Quan Yin Goddess

Conversation with Quan Yin

Quan Yin is telling me time to show some compassion to myself.  What does that mean? Compassion to myself. The definition of compassion “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes …

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Christmas Yule Scene

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, has been celebrated as the end of the Christmas season since the Middle Ages. Twelfth Night also marks the Feast of the Epiphany, when the three wise men, or Magi, arrived in Bethlehem to behold the Christ child. The three Kings, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar brought Jesus Frankincense to represent divinity, Gold to …

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Mist Hangs Low in the Hollers

[contentblock id=1 img=gcb.png] Sunday.  A rainy dreary winter Sunday here in Appalachia. The kind of day you just want to stay in bed. The kind of day that depression thrives on. You just want to pull your covers over your head and not even look out the window. Its the kind of day where the …

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Dear Visitor to My World

When you come in here and try to save me all I am left with is the mess you leave behind. You play at pretending to be poor for the day or the week not really knowing what its like to actually be poor. Not really knowing what its like to wake up terrified and …

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What is it with TV?

What is it with TV? TV takes up entirely too much of everyone’s time.  We know this yet we watch and watch and watch.  The average american watches 5 hours of TV a day. We just sit on our ever expanding asses and watch. We consume cheap TV shows and fake news just like we …

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Evelyn Dorth's Great Grandparents Flotie Drake Douglas and Jake Douglas memory

A Childhood Memory

I woke up to the smell of bacon and the sounds of the men preparing for a day of long hard work.  I heard the women singing hymns as they rattled the pans on the stove.  I heard the creak of the old oven door, the sound of homemade biscuits.  I peered out the window …

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Quote from Evelyn Dortch u don't need a man

Dear Miss (or Mr.) “I Need a Man”

Don’t be afraid to be alone. You don’t need a man to complete you. You need a man to compliment you. If he’s not supporting you on your journey then you need to get rid of him. You are already doing it all by yourself.