Food Memories

  I wasn’t prepared for the flood of emotions when I opened the box from Borough Furnace this week.  Winning something so well made is overwhelming.  Cooking has been part of my life since I was very young, at my grandmothers’ side, learning everything I could about anything she did.  Her chicken and dumplings got…

Past, Present and The Ghosts That Haunt Us

Please be advised there are trigger warnings for issues surrounding sexual assault, oppressive language, suicidal ideation, homophobia, abuse, abortion.           “If I ever see that faggot again, I will fucking kill him.”   I felt my stomach lurch.  I was 13 and in the midst of a sexual awaking I didn’t…

Here We Go Again!

Not gonna lie, the past 12 months have been some serious nightmare fuel.  Combining that with some rather serious family health issues this last month, I think I have had all I can take.  There is no way 2018 can beat me up the same.  I can’t let it.  I won’t let it. I have…

Hey There New People

I am not sure how you found me, but pull up, stay a while.  I don’t know if I have what you are looking for but I am pretty sure you will find something you didn’t expect.  (For real tho…HAHAHA) You can read the “about” or dig around in the topics but here’s a quick…

Soldiers, Contractors and the Killing Of Hope

I typically post this stuff elsewhere but this is something I couldn’t get off my mind since the Op Ed from Erik Prince.   Some segments of our society would like you to think that sending mercenaries into Afghanistan equates to privately funded space exploration.  They would be wrong.  The continued trickle of soldiers and…

Organize, ya’ll!

Organizing for the new year? I know, it seems like it’s a cliche, doesn’t it?  All the stores use January to put organizing items on sale but pump the breaks a second. Don’t buy immediately, sort and donate first. Also cliché you say?  Well, I’m here to tell you that most Americans have TOO MUCH…

Always a Little Wonky

This week’s got me like: When I started trying to narrow down exactly what it was, my head kept correcting me.  I said “WOW, what a week!” and my head went “You mean, what a month, what a year, what a past few years.” This is exactly why I have self-esteem issues.  Let’s ignore for…

Everybody Grieves Differently

This month has been weird. My favorite and last surviving grandparent passed away. What typically is a normal part of life felt much different this time to me.   I spent most of my time with my grandmother when I was young. Her house was more like my home no matter where I actually lived….

Every hero has some weakness…

Originally posted to http://www.diaryofashieldmaiden.com Some days it is hard to remember when I wasn’t struggling to get my Warrior to remember something. Then those days come that I have too many things that need remembering in my head and then I forget. HOW IRONIC. I talk about different ways to help him all the time but…

Summer Movies 2014

I was just about to order tickets for Dracula Untold and thought about the movies that we saw this summer:   I feel like I enjoyed this summer more than previous ones because the movies were highly entertaining.  Interestingly enough, a large majority of them were really trashed with reviewers.  That really never impacts how…