The Power of Scent

So the strangest/best thing happened last night. It was late. I’d been out with friends catching up, got home, talked to my parents, and finally around 11.30pm, I made my way to my room. I finally broke down and decided to put sheets on my bed. Yes, I had been sleeping only on a mattress […]

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The Kindness of Strangers

Recently Morgan expressed the idea of starting a series of blogs about the kindness of strangers. I’d like to start that series off by a story of mine from last year. First off, I should introduce myself. My name is Payton, and I’m Morgan’s little sister. Except I’m not that little. I turn 21 soon. […]

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The Feeling of “Did I?”

Sometimes, I can’t believe that I lived in Ireland for a year. It’s very difficult to be here in America living everyday life, going from place to place, drinking diet cokes, hanging out with friends and family, and comprehend that I missed a year here at home. This place is the same as it has […]

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From Kroger to Tesco and back

Having returned to America and re-entered Carrollton society caused some of the habits I used to have to change. Grocery shopping is one of those experiences. Prior to living in Ireland, I shopped at Kroger and threw all kinds of food items into the buggy. Three cereal boxes, frozen chicken, spices and sauces, fruits and […]

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What I’m Doing These Days

So a lot of people have asked me what I’m up to these days. Well, here’s the honest truth. I’m doing a whole lotta nothin’.  My dad has taken me on working with him while I search for a job. The museum is gonna let me come back and lead some tours a few days […]

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Finding Room in my Room

I’ve been really quiet about life at home since I’ve been back in the States. I’m still trying to get a hang of life here and get into a kind of rhythm. Georgia’s been great and my family have been troopers. The weather hasn’t been too terribly hot and I’ve spent a lot of time […]

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Cooking in Ireland

Here’s one of my old columns! Hope you enjoy! —- “Hey Mama, do you happen to know what half a cup is in grams?” I asked my mother on FaceTime. Mama responded with, “No, I don’t. They don’t use cups and tablespoons measurements do they?” Starting to panic, I said, “No! Everything is calling for […]

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On the Words of Forrest Gump: Going Home

“I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now. And just like that, my runnin’ days was over, so I went home to Alabama.” – Forrest Gump So I am currently sitting in Dublin Airport waiting for the time to come when they tell me to board the plane. I lost it initially when I […]

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On the Words of Forrest Gump: $#!@ Happens

“…Whoa! Man! Just ran through a big pile of dog shit!!” “It happens.” “What? Shit?” “Sometimes.” There ya have it. Shit happens. Shit happens to everyone at any point in the date and to various levels of shitty. (Ok Ma, I’ll stop saying it now.) But really though! We all go through crappy situations, and […]

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On the Words of Forrest Gump: A Preview

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to periodically post on the words of Forrest Gump. For anyone who has seen this movie, you know all the quotable lines. “Can’t sit here.” “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” “Run Forrest! Run!” “Bubba was my best good friend.” So […]

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