Learn a Book! – 202[1 Year Without A Gimmick]

That’s right. You never thought you’d see this day, did you? 2021, otherwise known as The Year Without A Gimmick for my annual Learn a Book! series. We’ve come a long way, friends. It’s been years since I last successfully completed an annual Learn a Book! challenge. In 2015, we reproduced what I felt toContinue reading “Learn a Book! – 202[1 Year Without A Gimmick]”

28 Practices of Patience at 28

Even if I have it now, doesn’t mean I’ll have it alwaysPatience is a funny noun, it’ll keep you waiting all day This is not a commentary on the past year of the world’s history. We were all there. We know the deal. We lived through the contradictions. So much horror happened, and yet hereContinue reading “28 Practices of Patience at 28”

Voyages: Blue Ridge Parkway [@NorthCarolina]

What’s that? She hadn’t posted any Voyages since New York City in 2017, and now we have two in the span of 2 months? Has she quite lost her mind? Well, joke’s on you, dear reader. I never found my mind to begin with! I will admit that this is a bit of a cheatContinue reading “Voyages: Blue Ridge Parkway [@NorthCarolina]”

Voyages: Biltmore Estate [@NorthCarolina]

Over four years of living down here in North Carolina, and I finally made the trip out west to visit Biltmore. Of course, I am writing this post a few weeks later, from my current home built on Catawba and Sugaree land, about an estate that was built on Cherokee land, while thinking back toContinue reading “Voyages: Biltmore Estate [@NorthCarolina]”

Real Moments: The Speed of Time

“But I also learned that it’s possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems, and that in time, the grief… lessens. It may not ever go away completely, but after a while it’s not overwhelming.” September 27th was the last day I saw you alive. Well, alive alive. The last day that IContinue reading “Real Moments: The Speed of Time”

Learn a Book! – 20[20 From To-Be-Read]

Another year, another witty gimmick gone half-made. Last year apparently I promised to read 30 books and then proceeded to immediately forget that and, for the rest of the year, assume that I must have promised to read 19. So 19 books were read. This year is another one in which general fatigue and wearinessContinue reading “Learn a Book! – 20[20 From To-Be-Read]”

Recent Reads – Halloween Edition 2019

So, you’re telling me the season for spook is over? Think again, buddies. Some people leave Christmas decorations up until after New Year’s. Others leave Halloween decorations up until after Thanksgiving. I make the rules in this house.

Real Moments: Growing On Without You

Editor’s Note: This was written to be published last year but, alas, it was not. The why is because many things were happening. Many changes, many adjustments, many repressed, many too much. I’ll never force myself through putting something out here on Tales just to do it. So know now that it’s time. I sayContinue reading “Real Moments: Growing On Without You”

Learn a Book! – 30 in 2019

We’re going (going) back (back) to simple (simple). Look. The past few years I’ve been all talk, no read. I set these kitschy challenges for myself (that I adore! oh, how I adore them!) but have I actually completed any of them? Ask 2017 and 2018. Those two fell right to bits and tatters, theyContinue reading “Learn a Book! – 30 in 2019”