First World Woes

In my first Sociology class in college, we learned about ‘Socioeconomic status’ (SES for short). By textbook definition, SES is “a social standing or class of an individual or group, often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation.” As my instructor described in layman’s terms, SES is basically the economic situation you were…

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Plea for Peace

In light of recent, tragic events, I’m going to take a moment this week to simply vocalize my plea for our world to be united in peace.  Yes, I realize that this is an idealistic – and some would say “impossible” – desire.  All the same, it’s a desire I hold deep within my heart…

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It Comes Full Circle

When my father passed away in April of 2007, I hadn’t seen him in almost two years.  I was going to college in Albuquerque, and he was in an assisted living facility outside of Washington, D.C.  In addition to the geographical distance between us, I had also completely disconnected from any emotions relating to my…

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Playing it Safe

There was a boy in Greece.  An intriguing boy, with kind eyes and a warm smile.  Devastatingly sexy native accent aside, I found myself thoroughly attracted to him, and very curious about him.  So, I did the same thing I always do when this occurs.  I put up a huge wall.  I avoided talking to…

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Oh, My Greece!

My friend Chassity and I just returned home from 10 days in Mykonos, and what an incredible adventure it was. This wasn’t a trip where every single moment of every single day was planned out, nor were we following any kind of agenda.  Neither of us had any desire to constantly be on the go…

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Is There a Reason?

Around the corner from where I live, there’s a middle school with a track and a large, open field.  On the weekends, it’s a lovely spot for dog walking.  My Heinrich, also known as ‘Hippo,’ is a beautiful, blue nose pit bull.  He may look intimidating to some, but he just wants to love, play,…

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Sometimes, This is Me

Sometimes the darkness is crippling.  Sometimes, no matter how grateful I am for every beautiful and positive thing in my life, I’m consumed by the constant struggles I seem unable to escape.  I’m tired of worrying.  I’m tired of fighting.  I’m tired of people telling me, “Stay positive, something good will happen.” I know these…

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A Rare Political Rant

Hot Mess Molly is not a political blog.  I’m not a huge fan of politics in general, so please know that if I’m bringing up a political issue – it’s because I feel too strongly about it to hold my tongue. I will always, always be open to respectfully discussing differences in perspective; and while…

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Shades of Blue

I’m going to take you down a different path this week, by sharing one of my ideas for a fantasy fiction novel. This story came to me in a dream, fully formed and in perfect sequence.  This has happened periodically throughout my life, at least as long as I’ve been tuned in to my desire…

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Broke and Going to Greece

In just 6 short weeks, I’m going to cross an item from my Bucket List.  I’m going to Mykonos, Greece, for 10 glorious days of adventure, exploring, and escaping my stress-ridden daily reality. I’ve traveled quite a bit throughout my life, visiting friends and family, driving across the country to relocate; and I was very…

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