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H. A. O'Connor

Embracing Our Inner Witchiness

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Embracing Our Inner Witchiness

Have you checked the date lately? Seems like as good a time as any to show our inner witchiness some love. Sound sketchy? Hear me out…pretty please? I’m not talking about anything dark. I’m also not talking about spells or potions, nor am I trying to convert anyone to the religion of Wicca. (I’m not […]

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H. A. O'Connor

(Please Don’t) Burn the Witch!

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(Please Don’t) Burn the Witch!

I joke about my cat being my “familiar,” because she’s usually sprawled across me or curled up by my side, but I’m no witch. This doesn’t stop me from suspecting that, had I been alive during the ages of witch hysteria, I would have been walking around with heart palpitations and some seriously sweaty palms. […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Cause For Celebration!

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Cause For Celebration!

Since I’ve already shared this on my facebook page, I knew I needed to add it here! It’s been a great week, so far, and I’m very grateful! (1) First and foremost, I found out my little, old Nellie (aka sweetest beagle ever), despite her respiratory issues, does not have heart problems! Yay, Nellie Bean! […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Which Witch?

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Which Witch?

Can I make a confession? I kinda sorta love witches. In fact, I’ve loved them ever since I was a kid. Which kind, you might ask? (I hope you do ask, so my title makes sense.) Whether you’ve asked or not, I’ll answer. Not the evil kind. I’m not really a fan of Disney’s animated […]

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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

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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

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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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