Dogwood Girl

A Few Things I know

My mama tells a good story. Coming from a long line of alcoholics makes for a much more interesting family history. Hearing that your distinguished ancestors broke their faces, pissed themselves, and liked to sing when they got drunk makes it feel like you are honoring them when you make an ass of yourself. You just don’t play the piano… Read more →

The Way We Were Made to Live

Went camping yesterday. It was the kids’ first trip. 28 degree low overnight. Trial by fire, Palmers always say. OJT, as Pop says. The leaves were completely at peak, and gorgeous. We went with some friends from the old neighborhood, and some of their friends, whom we had not met before, but they were all awesome. All of our kids… Read more →


I am still digesting the election and its outcome, but in the meantime, the following quote struck me as particularly apt this week. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain I will write about the election later, but i just want to do my thoughts on this… Read more →

Still Chugging Along

So, keeping up with my NaNoWriMo goals is definitely impacting my blogging. (Although it does not seem to have made any impact on my Facebooking.) But i am totally caught up on my word count so far, at day 6 of November. Yay me! Even if I weren’t to write another lick the rest of the month, the progress I… Read more →

Our Eyes Are Like Doors

Sometimes kids say the most poetic things. They try to figure out the world and categorize and classify things by comparing them to the things they know. They see and imagine connections that adults never see anymore. They think you can grow chocolate on a Hydrangea, for God’s sake! Tiller came and sat down to me on the couch while… Read more →

It’s On!

So, i’ve caught up on my NaNoWriMo. It seems you have to write 1667 words per day, every day during the month of November to reach the 50,000 mark. I’m caught up as of today. (Didn’t write a lick yesterday). Unfortunately, their servers seem to be slammed, because I am unable to upload my work and see my word count… Read more →

I’m Doing It

This year, I’m doing NaNoWriMo for the first time. It’s a pretty cool idea, actually, and I know a few people who have done it in the past. The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. It doesn’t have to be good, or edited, or have a plot, but the goal is to crank out quantity.… Read more →

Our Haunting

I’m pretty sure all of my electronics are haunted. First the dishwasher, then my Ipod, then some funkiness with Todd’s Ipod after I used it, and now my computer is on the fritz. I can’t even re-install Mac OSx. So, it’s off to the Genius Bar again, and y’all know how I love those folks. In the meantime, have a… Read more →

Some Days

This is just downright scary, but not really surprising to me. A friend received a warning from their company travel agent. I was curious, so I googled it, and it appears that it is a widespread alert (not just some travel agency covering their ass) issued by WorldCue. “Worldcue® Alert Severity: Warning Alert Security:: Civil unrest possible late Nov. 4-early… Read more →