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  • When Giants Fall

    May 1, 2022 by

    Life is absurd and beautiful and funny. I tend to focus on the absurd. My whole life I’ve been laughing at my own mistakes. Pointing them out early on saves me the shock of the old lady stranger in Costco coming out of nowhere to tell me that 90% of the warehouse heard me fawning… Read more

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  • The Convalescent Chronicles – Chapter 1

    April 2, 2022 by

    Plate Full O’ Lettuce My friend, Melissa, is good with old people. She always has been. She has had a long career as a speech pathologist in a nursing home, dealing with people who, from what I can determine, mostly just choke on rice. But speech pathology is not where she spends most of her… Read more

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  • The Race

    February 12, 2022 by

    This race was never supposed to be about Jennifer. That’s not how it started. It was supposed to be about me. I started running over a year ago, not knowing I’d be able to. I had been attempting to rehab back from plantar fasciitis that sprung up from a bad phase of life I call… Read more

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  • The Birthday Tattoo

    February 8, 2022 by

    February 8, 2022 Dear Jennifer, Happy Birthday! Today you would be 51. You didn’t make it to 51, but you did one better. You are whole. And you finished STRONG, friend. The emotions leading up to this day have been pretty difficult. I was dreading it. I started the day fighting tears. But I didn’t… Read more

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  • A eulogy for my dear friend, Jennifer

    February 5, 2022 by

    Jennifer Elizabeth Smith EarnhartFebruary 8, 1971 – January 22, 2021 Jennifer and I didn’t have a ton in common. She was Laura Ashley and I was borrowed gym shorts. I don’t know why she loved me, but I know she did. She never left you questioning how she felt about you. Nobody loves like Jennifer… Read more

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  • Inside the Ampersand

    January 17, 2022 by

    My mind is a cage for chaos lately. Nothing gets in. Nothing gets out. And my quiet, unclaimed moments are spent trying to make the chaos fall in line. Or join hands with another piece. So that it all makes sense. I need it to make sense. When things aren’t connected and when they aren’t… Read more

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  • The Inventory and the Time Machine

    January 3, 2022 by

    I hate clichés. I especially hate being one. But this is a cliché time of life, with Covid raging for what looks to be the third straight year. And it’s a cliché time of year, with the world taking stock of 2021 and making plans for 2022. I’m no different. I’m taking stock and making… Read more

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  • Grateful State of Mind

    November 25, 2021 by

    It is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. I’m enjoying Todd’s extended family. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve gone out in pursuit of pie crusts 12 hours before we needed them and actually found them in the well stocked HEB. I’ve jogged. I’ve hiked up hills. I’ve been in touch with my people in other places… Read more

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  • The Milkshake that Wasn’t

    November 23, 2021 by

    I didn’t go to Savannah in pursuit of the perfect milkshake. But somehow, over the course of 4 days and as many failed attempts to find one, I ended up on the milkshake chase of a lifetime. It became a whole thing. But I want it known that it didn’t start out that way. It… Read more

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  • Sometimes Irony Takes the Wheel

    November 17, 2021 by

    I’ve written before about defining moments.We all have them.We all recognize them.Because they are few and infrequent, they are easily recognizable when they occur. Sometimed they even come in the mail. I had one last night. It was a doozie. Honestly, last night may have been my finest hour. My crowning achievement. That one moment… Read more

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