Gary’s Dad

On November 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm my son’s father died. His name was James Carroll Payne but everyone called him Jimmy. He was 52 years old. I didn’t talk about him a lot, and when I did I seldom… Read More ›

Sisterly Love

This is a perfect example of sisterly love.  I went on a cruise the first week of March and requested a one-time International access plan from Verizon.  It never worked, so when I returned, I called customer service and was… Read More ›

Why I Love Summer

I’ve just come from the local Farmer’s Market.  I have red, luscious sun-ripened tomatoes, peaches that actually smell like peaches, ruby red raspberries, plums that dribble juice down your chin when you bite into them, and crispy cucumbers that are… Read More ›

Birds of a Feather

I was ten years old when I discovered I was white.  It happened suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Until then, I don’t think skin color existed for me, at least not on a conscious level, because it never occurred to me that… Read More ›

Being Thankful

Two days ago, HGTV Magazine arrived in the mail.  It had a lot of articles about how to celebrate spring by adding “color” to your home.  Most of the ideas were waaaayyyy out of my comfort zone.  However, one suggestion… Read More ›

Being Sick

I’m sick.  Not the “I need to go to the hospital” kind of sick.  Just the “I need to call my mom and tell her I’m sick so she’ll feel sorry for me” kind of sick.  Normally I would do… Read More ›

Looking for a Hero

“Hello, is this Julian Graham?” “Yes ma’am.” “Julian, my name is Kelly Harman.  I found your ad on Craig’s list.  You do hardscaping and landscaping, correct?” “Yes ma’am.” “Well Julian, I’m looking for a hero and I’m hoping that you… Read More ›