christmas countdown

I’m beginning to understand why my family ran through the Burger King drive-through in a Christmas Eve snowstorm when I was 10 years old. And why we now order Chinese take-out every year before the Big Day. I’m 28 years old: still stuck somewhere between wanting to be a kid who can enjoy all the…

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An Open Letter to Dustin Lynch, On the Day of His Opry Induction

Dear Dustin: Today is a big day for you; you’re being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. And I, like many of your fans, am so proud of you and happy to hear this accomplishment play out over the radio tonight. But also, I, like many of your critics, am a little sad about it.…

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the goat mama tradition

When I was a young’in,  my Auntie Roe was a tried & true Goat Mama. She had a barn full of the little creatures and would milk them for her cheese-making craft that she would tote along to her deli job and various farmer’s markets in northern Ohio. I remember one time she had a…

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