5 Buzzwords for Today

I’m big on words. After all, words have power. I’ve noticed the persistent presence of certain words and phrases, along with their frequent misuse. Always ready to help—here is Words Like Honey’s version of an urban dictionary to clarify some of today’s jargon. 1. Fake news. Truth is clouded by opinions. My opinions change—for instance, […]

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Work: Worth More than Pay

These warm winter days have made me long for Spring. I’m buzzing with excitement to begin our new venture as beekeepers…. Or “newbees.”  Our lives as professional-baseball-gypsies was never conducive to settling in one spot long enough to tend to our own hives, though my folks have kept bees for some years now. I’ve been […]

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10 of the Sweetest Phrases

The undeniable, unexplainable adventure of love is soon to be celebrated again on Valentine’s Day. In Love’s defense, it is too often mistaken for a fleeting emotion. The word “love” is used far too much. As love is not the lustful, pitter-patter experience of a new fling, or the preoccupation with designer accessories, or even […]

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Sowing Seeds in Winter

I come from a family of great storytellers. My mother engages her classroom through stories both scholarly and personal. My grandparents seemingly had practiced telling various stories, each knowing when to pick up and deliver punch lines that the other had left up for the assist. Most would question the authenticity of several stories—like the […]

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A Grace Movement

The USDA recently declared that the average cost of raising an American child is approximately $245,000. This number doesn’t include college tuition or take inflation into consideration, and any accrued expenses after the age of 18 were not tallied. $245,000 over 18 years…I’m far from a math genius, but that’s well over $13,000 a year, […]

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Rookie Wives and Baseball Pants

During my own rookie season as wife, my parents made their first visit to one of my husband’s professional games. I had so anticipated their arrival, as being away from home was a new experience (soon to be my norm). I had prepared our very modest pool house accommodations so as to pass their parental […]

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At the End of 2016: Something Truly New

I enjoy a good, (caffeine-fueled) New Year’s celebration and all the clocks, cabbages, and kisses. Oh, and I love resolutions; though, only last year did I ever begin to keep one. I think it’s the freshness–the beginning–of which I’m so fond. It’s the official clean slate of adulthood. I’ve already dusted away the holiday dazzle, […]

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My Christmas List

“What do you want for Christmas?” Two front teeth? Check…. (I’m quite thankful for that, by the way). A white Christmas? Stunning, but likely a commuter’s nightmare. A hippopotamus? The thought of housetraining Mr. Hefty leads to me to perhaps my answer: a long winter’s nap sounds divine. Who isn’t run ragged by the end […]

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Mothers and Moms-To-Be: Don’t Buy This

My first Christmas as Mom, I exhaustedly rocked a chunky newborn boy who was stuffed like a Butterball turkey in cutesy reindeer pajamas. I stared at the hypnotizing lights of the Christmas tree, hardly breathed for fear he’d wake, and I knew my life would never be the same. I prayed a prayer of thanks […]

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Lost in the Valley

While roaming the Appalachia foothills, I’m sure the Cherokees and Shawnees must have searched the sky for a star or the sun’s position to track their path. I like to think I did the same, but instead of being a Native American child of the 1800s, I was just a little hillbilly gal firmly rooted […]

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