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BY: Renae Brabham
During her summer visit, my oldest granddaughter (a senior this year) told me that she didn't know what she wanted to be or do with her life. I answered "I don't either, isn't it exciting?" As...
BY: Renae Brabham
I like graveyards. It's not like a morbid fascination, I just enjoy the stories they tell. Bravery, loss, love, hate, unity, respect, reverence, and yes — sometimes a chuckle. It is even more...
BY: Renae Brabham
It had been a week from hell. The quick onset of a mystery illness gave me quite a scare and had me in the hospital for four and a half days last week. I had to cancel a family picnic on Daniel...
BY: Renae Brabham
I am really curious and concerned about the future of quality craftsmanship. Does our very best count for anything anymore in our selected trades? We have a residential painting company and over...
BY: Renae Brabham
I woke up one morning last week with the sensation that something had changed, maybe just a shift in the sea bed shelf, but I knew it. I have been in a transitional phase for a while now. I wouldn't...
BY: Renae Brabham
I have decided that a fundamental state of the union has disappeared. The happy medium. Not the smiley face or Duck Dynasty happy, happy, happy. I'm talking about the "I don't give a sh*t, straddle...
BY: Renae Brabham
Let's see, we left off last week with my treasure find of the Civil War ambrotypes. Now, I will share the story of the hidden treasure that was returned to it's family in Italy.   The year was...
BY: Renae Brabham
The month of love seems all but that to this February Grinch. I become a person foreign to my own self. A Cupid Scrooge. It would suffice me just fine if cupid remained a concrete frieze smiling down...
BY: Instant Grit
And the first Blog of the Week of 2014 is... Renae Brabham's Like Water Off a Duck's Back. If you haven't read it yet, do, because it's a reality check we could all stand to face. And if you're...
BY: Renae Brabham
I was going through my recipe file earlier for Thanksgiving dishes... Let's see—there's the computer file, the Pinterest file, and torn-out pages from magazines in various kitchen drawers. But...
BY: Renae Brabham
  It's the second week of November. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't started a Thanksgiving dinner shopping list.   The radio station announced this morning that it's going to play...
BY: Renae Brabham
  Daylight savings time, spring forward, fall back. On Sunday morning with a little turn of a knob, tap on a keypad, or satellite signal to your computer, we will have tilted the globe into a...
BY: Renae Brabham
It was October 13th when I realized that I didn't have a thing put out for Halloween yet and I didn't see a day two weeks out in my hectic schedule to attempt to decorate.    Well, maybe I...
BY: Renae Brabham
  My lifelong quest to try new things and adventures has yielded some great memories and stories. However, my latest "new thing"–quinoa—places nominally low on the list. I boiled the little...
BY: Instant Grit
And the Blog of the Week is... A Day in the Life of the Anti-Text/Tweeter by Renae Brabham. You really have to read this blog right down to the last line, because that's what really sticks. Here's to...
BY: Instant Grit
From food (double-decker Oreo fudge) to photography (a Santa hat-topped house) and everything in between (anecdotes, DIYs, lessons, and gift ideas), our Grit bloggers have been dishing out some top-...
BY: Instant Grit
Here they are, the Second Quarter, 2012, Gritty Award winners:    Most-Viewed Single Blog Post: Carolyn Evans, "50 Shades of Unrealistic Expectations"   Most-Viewed Blogger: Natalie...
BY: Renae Brabham
Passion Noun: Strong and barely controllable emotion. A state or outburst of such emotion.   A while back I wrote "So I Called a Dead Man's Cell Phone Last Night." The owner of the cell phone?...


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