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Andrea Bates
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I am who I am and I like who that is.
I am who I am and I like who that is.

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Sitting In The Stillness
My goodness. This. Someone said this today. And in reading it I found the exact words I needed. Maybe she said sit, but still ... (pun not intended). That's it. That's where my life has changed so. There have been so many firsts. So many things I'm experien...

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When I Grow Up
I'm a big girl today. I just had a new washer delivered all by myself. I thought in advance about certain things and took care of them as needed. I'm a big girl today. I didn't let my emotions run me over while finding my way. I'm not sure what else I'll ne...

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A Chromebook giveaway! Have a look and consider entering:

http://biggreenpen.com/2017/09/12/chromebook-giveaway/

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Today I Remember
Today I remember. The sirens. The blue sky. The sun shining. The frantic phone calls. The fear in voices. The impossible feel of it all. Buildings crumbling. Watching in silence. Reaching out to others. Bad cell service. Texts sent into the abyss. Today I r...

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My Daughter Is Ten
* I wrote much of this piece several weeks ago. I was on vacation visiting family and so much was happening in the world that I wrote it - but decided to wait to hit publish. I couldn't come up with the right words to finish it. And so, now I believe that I...

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Car Shopping With Cars.com

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* This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cars.com.  Images obtained from the cars.com website. * If you know me well enough - you know I'm not a driver. Yet. But you also know that one of my goals is to get myself behind the wheel and get out there - and in ...

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Saturday Free Write: Welcome Home and What The Hello?
I'm home, y'all.  New York.  Hallelujah. Such a good feeling being home.  Yes, North Carolina is home - certainly - but NYC will always be a part of me. It's in my blood. It's who I am. It feels so good to be home, and I haven't even hit the "city" yet. Rig...

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Must Reads: Psychological Thrillers
These books will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you flipping through pages unable to go to sleep until you know what happens. It's a seemingly new genre, one that takes over the more generic mystery read. One that gets into your brain a bit more...

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I Woke Up Sad Today
I woke up sad today. And it would be easy to say I didn't know why. But I do. I woke up sad because of many things. I woke up sad because a short bit ago we had to say goodbye to our dog Dexter. Our dog who we loved since he joined our family in 2003. That'...

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Friday Free Write: Good Eats
So. I know. It's another Friday. In case you haven't noticed, I've been working pretty hard around here. I finally got my new header live. I'm excited about this. I love it. It's got the look and feel I've wanted to have over on my site for a while. A lonnn...
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