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H. A. O'Connor

So, Here’s My Ode to Autumn

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So, Here’s My Ode to Autumn

Whenever the seasons change, I’m filled with nostalgia. Half-formed memories tug at my brain, promising to return a forgotten moment from childhood or, more often, to steep me in the sense of infinite possibility, which lit up like fireflies inside me in my younger days (and, sometimes, still does). Today, the fall sunlight carried me […]

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H. A. O'Connor

What Color is Chartreuse, Anyway? My Take on the Mandela Effect

Ethereal, Searching for Inspiration 1 Comment
What Color is Chartreuse, Anyway? My Take on the Mandela Effect

Just the other day, I wrote a post on aloe vera, in which I mentioned that my “green thumb” was probably more like a chartreuse color. What I didn’t say is I had to check to be sure “chartreuse” was a yellowish-green, rather than a fuschia-ish pink. After doing some inquiring, it seems I’m not the […]

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H. A. O'Connor

My Favorite Coffee Substitutes

Earthy, Ethereal, For the love of animals, Searching for Inspiration 2 Comments
My Favorite Coffee Substitutes

I’d so like to be a “real” grownup and have a love affair with my daily cuppa: Joe, Mud, Brew, Java, Daily Grind, Bean Juice, Brain Juice, Go Juice, Jitter Juice, Battery Acid, Cup of Jolt, Liquid Lightning, Mojo, Tar, and my current favorite, Brewtus. But alas, no. Coffee is just not that into me (see: […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Taking Back Sunday

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Taking Back Sunday

No, not the band. The concept. Today is the last Sunday of summer break, so it seems even more important than usual for my family to take back the day. Where did it go, you might ask? Oh, it was stolen–by the work, technology, and myriad of other distractions that fill virtually every minute of […]

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H. A. O'Connor

A Few of My Favorite Things

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Today’s topic occupied far too many of my childhood thoughts–maybe it did for you, as well. From my first school fire drill, I became terrified by the idea that my house might catch fire. (I also began chanting “Stop, drop, and roll” under my breath like it was the key to opening Ali Baba’s cave.) […]

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H. A. O'Connor

The Other

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The Other

Who is this “Other?” Only one of the most common characters in fiction–and unfortunately, in life. I first heard the term “Other” in a college literature course, although the concept was already familiar. In fiction, The Other is a character who is seen as being fundamentally different from the dominant group, destined to remain separate and unaccepted. […]

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H. A. O'Connor

The Noble Act of the Dumpster Dive

Earthy, Ethereal, Neighborhood Homesteading, Parenting, Searching for Inspiration 6 Comments
The Noble Act of the Dumpster Dive

Think about it, just for a moment. Dumpster diving probably doesn’t conjure up pretty images for most of us. Not for me, either. The other morning, though, I was needing a little self-TLC, feeling tired and a bit lost, so of course I found myself on youtube, looking up videos of Nigerian Dwarf Goats. What […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Hello, Before I Fade Again

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Hello, Before I Fade Again

Okay, maybe that title is a tad bit dramatic, but Hyperbole is my middle name, so…. Besides, it’s not that far from how I feel right now. Actually, at the moment, I’m feeling a little like Wonder Woman. No invisible jet or unbreakable bracelets, but I’ve been enjoying more energy, fewer aches and pains, and a clearer, […]

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H. A. O'Connor

The Parent Files: Parenthood Bloopers

Earthy, Ethereal, Parenting 4 Comments
The Parent Files: Parenthood Bloopers

Today, I’m delving into one of my areas of expertise: parenthood bloopers. Come on, admit it.  If you’re a parent, aunt/uncle, babysitter, etc., you’ve been there, haven’t you?  I sure have. Here are some of my many, many blooper moments as a parent:   Image via Unsplash/Drew Hays I’ll start with my oldest child.  When […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Eddie Vedder Once Walked Beside Me, But I’m Over It

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Eddie Vedder Once Walked Beside Me, But I’m Over It

The other day, I was on Twitter and a person (to go unnamed) reached out to make a connection.  This was fine, the person was fine, everything was fine.  Except, there was this one little thing I noticed about her profile.  It was this: in her brief intro section, there was a line that said, […]

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