Finding The Good

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One of my children is more naturally a pessimist than the other. This child can go to a birthday party, happy to be surrounded with friends and games, living it up, and then on the way home say, "That...
Mom. Psychotherapist. Author. Those are the first words you'll find when you visit Andrea's website, and I think they are so fitting. Andrea and I connected through a mutual friend when she moved here with her family last year. As...

The Music of Me

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Growing up, I was surrounded by music. It didn’t matter what genre it was, if my dad considered it “good music” we were listening to it. Mom was all country, southern gospel, and Whitney Houston. Dad filled in the...
Lasenta Lewis-Ellis is the President and CEO of LLE Construction Group, LLC. LLE is a woman and minority-owned general contracting, construction, real estate investment and development firm based in Columbia.  Lasenta is also a course facilitator for The Business Contract...
It truly is incredible how many aspects of life have drastically changed in the last five months. I have always considered myself a bit of a germophobe, but I never imagined being this consumed with face masks and hand...
I like gadgets. I don't like shopping for them or deciding if they are worth the money, but I sure do like using them. Luckily, my partner enjoys looking for gadgets and has come across some good finds. I usually...
I am late to jump on the podcast bandwagon. You should know, that's typical for me. If something is popular, I tend to steer clear of it until it's not so cool anymore.   Podcasts took me awhile to come around...
I am very active on social media and I share several pictures of my family on Instagram throughout the week. Sometimes we’re running around the backyard, sometimes we’re cooking or crafting, and other times I just want to capture...
July 4th. We celebrate it loudly with firecrackers and barbeques. Flags flap crisply in the breeze and we are all proud to be American. July 4th evokes thoughts of hot weather, potato salad, hot dogs and hamburgers, swimming and “chillaxing” as my...

Leaving Home

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As I type this I really should be packing, or logging into accounts and changing my address. Maybe securing power at our new house, or a million other little details that need to be ironed out.  The moving truck will...
I tend to be a very nostalgic person. It makes me so happy to sit and reminisce over old family photos, videos, my college yearbook, and to talk about old times with friends and family.  I've noticed that this tendency in...
My mom is a no-nonsense, practical, and frugal woman. Growing up, she always had shelves in a storage space that contained all kinds of presents. Whenever birthday party invites arrived or some sort of gift-giving occasion snuck up on...
Thousands of children are in foster care in South Carolina, many of them right here in Richland County. During this time, things can be even more difficult for these families with biological family visits, routine, creative outlets and activities being...

The New Normal

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This. The new normal. Will it ever be normal? It's anything but normal. I hope it's not here to stay, this new normal. I don a mask and armed with my grocery list, I march into Publix. I double and triple check to make...
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What I Learned From the SC Drive Through State Fair

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There is no argument that 2020 has been, above all things, just weird. Virtual everything, from school to VBS to camps to church. New...