Southerners and Snow


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The thought of snow out here in our “neck of the woods” throws us into a “tizzy”. It is quite different from my experience growing up in New York where the city didn’t stop even if there was a foot of snow on the ground. A foot of snow on the ground around here would surely lead to everything being closed down indefinitely. We just don’t know what to do with snow.

This morning I woke up to this:

I began laughing as I was drinking my coffee, thinking about all of the things that happen when we “small town southerners” get any word that there might be snow coming. The more I thought about it, the more I had to share some of these quirky things with you all.  So, here we go:

  • Us working folks that long for one or two more days off from the hustle…

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No Apologies


I Struggled to Get Here I've always heard a magical story about how I came into this world. Probably designed to miss me with any traumatic stress, the tales were always simple. One morning, your cousin went over to check on your mom, and she was in labor (no one in the entire family even …

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From Victim to Villain -Part 1


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Married to a controlling, abusive, man, she spent many days trying to hide the abuse she suffered at his hands.  In an effort to drown her dismay, she drank. Excessive drinking had led to her current situation.  Here she was, in front of a Judge, begging for mercy and understanding. As she stood there hoping the Judge would understand, she could not remember the events that led to this moment.  Nevertheless, the reality was, everything pointed to her vehicle accidentally hitting the young girl as she was walking down the street.  Fortunately, the young girl, although seriously injured, survived.

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As a single mother, a trial would be too risky.  And, if she did in fact commit this act, a plea was the best resolution to the case. So, we stood there, entered a plea of guilty, and waited.  Waited for an opportunity to give this Judge…

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I Am Tacky The Penguin


Three years ago, when I was an instructional coach in the Bertie County School System, a dear friend and colleague turned to me and said something that would change my life. "You know, McCullough? I think you should read 'Tacky The Penguin'. It's a children's book about a penguin who was very different from the …

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How I Beat Depression


Depression affects nearly 15.7 million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. On Episode 10 of the Sistanomics Podcast, we discussed mental illness among African-Americans. We posed the question, "Why don't we go get help as frequently as people of other races do?" I suppose there are lots of answers to that question.

A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part 2


Why Be Judgemental? As I proofread this post I realized that I am, in fact, passing judgement on judgemental people. Hypocrisy highlighted and duly noted, I'd like to share a few thoughts based on a conversation I had with a friend the other day. We basically agreed that judgment is uncomfortable, and it has a …

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A List of Reminders for Judgemental People: Part I


Why Be Judgemental? As I proofread this post I realized that I am, in fact, passing judgement on judgemental people. Hypocrisy highlighted and duly noted, I'd like to share a few thoughts based on a conversation I had with a friend the other day. We basically agreed that judgment is uncomfortable, and it has a …

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