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H. A. O'Connor

Taking Back Sunday

Earthy, Ethereal, For the love of animals, Searching for Inspiration 2 Comments
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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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

Not to Speak

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Not to Speak

Not to speak ill of anyone, but to speak the truth. Not to speak out of turn, but to speak out of need. I have a story to tell, for someone. She’s not a relative and there’s no need to wonder about my friends on Facebook or connections on Twitter; she’s not there. Nor is […]

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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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H. A. O'Connor

The Wisdom of Chickens

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The Wisdom of Chickens

I love our chickens.  I do.  When we first got them, I expected to like them, but I really have come to love these funny, feathered little girls.  Not only that, they’re far more interesting and intelligent than I ever would have guessed.  Here are some life lessons I’ve learned while watching chickens: Beautiful baby […]

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Thou Shalt Sucketh and It Shall Be OK

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Thou Shalt Sucketh and It Shall Be OK

No, I am not trying to make light of the actual commandments. Yes, I’m suggesting we keep this “rule” etched onto the smooshy surfaces of our brains, as a reference for whenever we try something new. After all, most of us don’t score a 300 on our first attempt at bowling. Some of us start […]

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I Write, Therefore I Am. Just Kidding.

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I Write, Therefore I Am.  Just Kidding.

Image via Unsplash/Mikhail Pavstyuk Even if I didn’t write, I’d still be me.  Just a whole lot less me than I am. We could all say that to some extent about our interests and hobbies, couldn’t we?  They’re, of course, part of what makes us us.  But what about our passions?  They might not be required for […]

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