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April 27, 2019

"Bill Shaffer died a few minutes ago." 

This was a text I got from my sister this afternoon. My first reaction was to ask, "Had he been sick?" Then I realized that our parents' generation is working up to their 80s and 90s. People are going to pass away. 

The Shaffers we...

April 25, 2019

There is no Long Beach Junior High anymore. A couple years after I graduated, they moved the freshmen to the high school, and the sixth grade to the new Long Beach Middle School. But when I started seventh grade, it was at LBJH. 

I remember there were all kinds of YA no...

April 22, 2019

Theresa S. Wants to know: What was your initial impression of Long Beach? 

I was not quite 11 when my family moved from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., to a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I say that it was a culture shock, mostly because I think that people...

April 15, 2019

I'm going to pause now to ask you: What more do you want to know? 

Now that I've given you an overview of my story, Ask Me Anything. 

What questions do you have?

Where are there gaps?

What did I skip over...leave out...or gloss over?

Where do you need DETAILS?

April 11, 2019

I got a lot of comments and messages on that last post specifically about the longevity of mine and Chip's marriage, given its unorthodox beginning. So I thought I might speak to that a bit more. 

Truth is, there actually IS a secret to a long marriage, and I am wi...

April 8, 2019

I went out with Chip on New Years Eve, 1992. As we danced at midnight, I realized, "I love this guy." 

The next morning I tested positive on a pee stick. 

I always thought it happened in that order for a reason. That Life was telling me something. 

I called him to come ov...

April 4, 2019

My new roommate Susan had just graduated from Memphis State but was still working at Chili's with us. She was an only child, and when she moved out with me it was her first venture out on her own. Like Shelley's parents back in Long Beach, Susan's parents took me in as...

April 1, 2019

Some time around 1988 I finally broke up with Casey for good and moved into a house with my brother, who had now graduated high school and moved to Memphis. I was working as the assistant to the sales managers at a car dealership, which meant I sat up on the sales desk...

March 28, 2019

Not long after Scotty and I broke up, I met Casey, a boy from Iowa who was living in Mississippi. He worked construction, only listened to old school hard rock and smoked a lot of weed. Casey didn't have a car - he hitchhiked to work - but he did have a crazy expensive...

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I'm a southern girl. 

I grew up in Mississippi, lived in Memphis for 25 years, then moved to New Orleans in 2012 when my husband and I became emptynesters.

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