April is Alcohol Awareness month but for me, it’s more about Alcohol Self Awareness. I've changed my relationship with alcohol drastically within the last year. I drink maybe one or two adult beverages a month but that used to...
My spouse is amazing. Almost daily I'm told how beautiful I am, how much I am appreciated, and how wonderful life is with me. I truly feel blessed that my spouse honors me, loves me and supports my ambitions. But,...
All my life, I loved where I grew up. My home was Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and I was proud of that fact. After graduating from UNF, and my entire family having migrated north, I decided I wanted to...
I miss my mom. We haven’t spoken in five years and I’ve missed her for every single one of them. The sudden disconnect was something I had feared since I was a kid; however, I really don’t think that...

Sex Education and STIs

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Ahh good old Sex Ed. Vague memories and incredibly random pieces that stand out from that chapter of life. I recall watching a video in 5th grade about puberty and what to expect as our bodies change. I remember...
A feeling of heightened awareness washed over me as the stranger approached. It must be something similar to a small animal catching the whiff of a predator nearby. My guard went up, and a scrutinizing evaluation of the man...
Talking to your kids about September 11th isn't easy, but as a former high school teacher, and current college instructor, I'm amazed every year by how little students know about that day. I remember every detail about 9/11, it...
My husband started talking about a divorce and sleeping on the couch the week after Thanksgiving. The majority of that month was a blur of holiday happenings and undeniable distance. Before we knew it, it was Christmas week. We...
You didn't expect to fill this role. You didn't expect any of this, to be honest. But you did it. For almost thirty years, you've filled the roles of mother and father for me, and eventually my little brother as...
The Facebook Facade or as I prefer to call it, Fakebook. I am guilty and you might be, too. My life is not perfect or anything even remotely close to it. And I know yours is not either. So why...

In + Around St. Augustine

Learning to Love a Florida Fall

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Leaves falling on the ground, football, apple pie baking, PSL, and Hocus Pocus continuously playing on my tv — all signs that fall is...