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A Love Letter to the New Girl

Dear Mama,   I'm thinking of you today. I'm thinking of your life and how it's complicated right now. You may have moved here for a new job and you're so busy trying to acclimate to the work environment that before you know it, you've lived here three months and you're still opening boxes to [...]
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When You Can’t Do It All

"Do you need anything?" That four word question holds enormous power. Unfortunately, it often amounts to nothing, through no conscious fault of either the asker or answerer. I'm not sure how or why this happens. But, at least in our culture, asking for help is seen as desperate or for emergencies only. Maybe we saw [...]
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Authentic Hospitality – Open Hearts and Open Homes

I have a confession to make. I grew up in Mississippi, attended cotillion, and am well-trained in southern hospitality. But, I don't feel like I am very good at following all those rules. Maybe I am intentionally bucking the system and seeking something a little more real.  My husband and I are happiest when our [...]
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