Kindness, Strangers, and What's Good About Both

This happened outside my home today.  I saw him back into what he thought was our driveway.  Only it wasn’t. It was a ditch. With all the white out there it was hard to determine which was which. As he gave his truck the gas, I felt his pain and watched him slide deeper into the ditch, solidifying his position. I have been in similar situations many times before…too many, if you ask my husband, so I could relate this man’s plight.  I wanted to be able to help him but I couldn’t. I was home alone and had no ability to pull him out of the ditch....more

Truth in Darkness

Winter...judging by the scene outside my windows, it's arrived in grand style. Overnight, a white blanket has been pulled up and tucked under the chin of what just days ago was lush, green grass. The fire-colored leaves fell all too quickly and are gone, leaving behind naked, gray branches. The world outside is nearly void of color save for the white and hints of slate....more

Colonoscopy: Nothing to Fear

Colonoscopy:  The word often strikes fear into the hearts of men and women alike. A colonoscopy is a scope used to investigate the colon, just as it implies.  It is often recommended that once you turn a "certain age" that you should undergo a colonoscopic examination as a precautionary measure for a baseline. Assuming the scope performed for this reason shows you are free of disease and polyps, it is likely you won't need another scope for a few years....more

Don't Just Follow Your Dreams, Run After Them and Catch Them!

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Graceless Gracie

When my husband and I got married nearly two years ago, we felt it was the natural next step to bring a baby into our family too. So when we discovered a litter of pugs was on their collective way, we put dibs on one of the pups. And life hasn’t been the same since. When she was born, we went to visit Gracie who still needed to be with her mama. We were all instantly smitten and there was no turning back. ...more
Thanks Emilie! They're part of the family. :)more

How Would Your Life Be Different If We Were Kind?

Recently we had the privilege of voting in some pretty significant elections. Since the results came in, I've noticed a lot of fallout on social media. ...more
femininecollective blogher  Amen!more

Five Favorite Websites to Visit

We all have websites we visit on the regular, our virtual go-to's for information, entertainment, and communication. Today I'm going to share five of my favorites and what draws me to visit them.  Besides the obvious sites, www.blogher.com and my personal blog http://melaniespickett.com/, below are my five other favorites:1. The Pioneer Woman ...more

Five Things I Learned from Alexander, His Family and His Very Bad Day

Disclaimer:  If you haven't seen Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day, don't read this yet! But do go see it. It's good!This weekend at an all-night movie lock-in for high schoolers, we got to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day. Really, those adjectives are a bit of an understatement.  Their day was really crappy to say the least, but overall, they all survived and at the end of it, were still a good, solid, loving family. Really, that matters more than anything. ...more

Writing Tips for the Write Life

Recently I attended my very first writers conference. If you've never attended one, you simply must. It was an incredible experience and I gathered a wealth of information and made some great new contacts. ...more