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The Hollywood of the South

All eyes were turned to Atlanta and the state that is known as the Hollywood of the South. Like any of the tantalizing movies and television shows that are filmed in Georgia, this audience was left with questions. Will he? Won’t he? Was the governor willing to have a billion dollar industry walk away from Georgia? Could lawmakers continue to tragically meddle in cases of human rights and religious preservation? We all stay tuned for more details around this hot new water cooler topic.

Religious Liberty. Rather, within the context of Georgia’s House Bill 757, discrimination on the basis of religious and moral beliefs is, no matter how many ways you look at it, discrimination. Economic implications aside, the bill left a very unpalatable taste in the mouth of anyone who is a proponent of inclusion and equality. How is being a part of the LGBTQ community any different from being human? And although the bill wasn’t what many may have believed, a measure that would allow rampant discrimination in the name of religion, it did open the door for what would have likely been the deluge of other discriminatory measures. Additionally, perception can often be even more important and powerful than fact. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Joys of Renting

Had you told me two years ago that I’d be living on a lake with amenities including a paved walkway around its entirety as well as 24/7 access to a fully equipped gym, I’d say, “if only.” And yet, here I am. Two years fully removed from my life as a library administrator the road to my now happy existence was an arduous one. After living with my brother for over a year and then with my parents for a few months, it was time to go it on our own.

It took some time to convince my husband. He’d previously loved being a homeowner and by this time had become accustomed to how closely knit I was with my immediate family. It wasn’t at all uncommon during those two years to dine weekly with my parents, to have television time with my brother and to help my nephew and niece with their homework. However, he’d always seemed a bit reticent about moving into an apartment. I have mostly fond memories of my time as a renter. The last time I was a renter was in the early 2000s in a community that has since been converted to condominiums. At the time, I was interested in being a condo owner but in 2005, it was the ideal time to buy my first home. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in The Union-Recorder

 

Down to a Coin Toss

In sports, as in the case of the Super Bowl, the action begins after the coin toss. In politics, the same sentiment holds true. Power and privilege can sometimes seem to come down to chance, literally the flipping of a coin.

If it weren’t already insulting that our individual votes are merely majority suggestions to the electorate, we also have to contend with an antiquated voting system that includes the decision by lot or draw. Most recently this meant that the democratic party winner in Iowa came down to, yes, a coin toss. Am I the only person who thinks that if we’re to buy into the clout of America being the greatest country in the world, we’d be far more advance in the way votes are cast and counted. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in The Union-Recorder

 

A Season of Thanks

It’s again that time of year where we start to reflect on the entirety of the year. I find that for someone who struggles with depression it can be quite easy to forget about the things that went right when it’s stacked up against the overwhelming Eeyore-type feelings. It’s just easier to think on the list of things that seemed to go wrong and in doing so we barely acknowledge or even realize that there were in fact some warm and sunny days.

My husband and I are now living with my parents until we save up enough to pay off some debt and see about buying our “forever house.” Trust me, the situation is just as odd for me as it would be for any adult child and their spouse. However, I am finding that the warmth and comfort of home hasn’t changed and that living with my parents as an adult compared to when I was a child is much more than I thought it could or would be. There’s something nice knowing that mom and dad (and my grandmother) are all close by. Since I belong to an island family, the living arrangement is more common than it may be here in the States. That isn’t to say we’re going to be here forever but what it does mean is that we get to forge more memories. What we may see as taking several steps back may actually be us getting ready for the next wonderful stage of our lives. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Web Exclusive

 

Remembering the Things You Love

In the past several weeks I realized that I have not made the time for myself that I should. Many of us spend our time supporting others, doing for others and giving to others that we completely forget about taking care of ourselves. Why is it so easy for us to do for others and neglect ourselves?

I’ve been living out of boxes lately. My husband and I recently moved in with my parents while we work on paying off debt. Our hope is to buy a house that is in the area we plan on remaining – our forever house. The past year and a half has been a struggle. In the midst of its chaos, leaving a career behind, selling my first home, losing my grandmother, moving in with my brother, and learning how to make it as an independent contractor, I also was diagnosed with pre-diabetes (or diabetes depending on which of my doctors you speak to). I can’t say that I’m surprised. Not only does diabetes run in my family, if anyone was going to develop it, it would be me. Me, the queen of constantly eating out, eating packaged foods, you name it, all the things we know not to do. I have always jokingly stated that my kitchen was only there for decorative purposes. Alas, the joke’s now on me. Read the rest of this entry »