Category Archives: Throwback Thursdays

Little Green Lies: Fibbing for Budget’s Sake

**Editor’s Note: I chose this for another “Throwback Thursday” post ~ great reads from last year I’m not ready to archieve w/o one more pass. Enjoy!

I’m an honest person. In fact, I hate lying and am usually terrible at it. I’m the kind of person you should never ask “if your butt looks fat” in those jeans. While I wouldn’t be heartless about it, I’d probably say that we “can find a more flattering style.” So knowing this about myself, I was shocked and appalled by my recent behavior on a shopping trip to a local specialty store.

My friend Cristy at work has the coolest little loose leaf tea pot. I fell in love with it as she kindly made me a cup of tea one afternoon when I was feeling under the weather. So, after some internal deliberation about spending money for something that I wanted but did not necessarily need, I knew that I simply had to have one, too.

Before I went shopping, I estimated that I would probably spend about $30 on a tea pot and a couple of ounces of tea. I knew from the moment the sales clerk opened his mouth that my carefully planned budget had met its match. This guy knew more about tea and tea accessories than Bob Barry knows about Sooner football.  He was simultaneously incredibly helpful and terrifying.

I was firm on only spending a set amount in this store and he was the czar of cross selling. I picked out the tea pot and then moved on to tea. I already knew which type I wanted so I asked for two ounces. He reminded me that you ‘get a better price break if you buy four.’ I was still feeling strong at this point and stuck to my guns. “No, I’ll just start with two ounces, thank you,” I said.

Then, he threw the first curveball my way. “You’ll need a tin to store it in. Otherwise it will rot. Would you like the small one or large one?” My mind started racing. Rotten tea? Well, I can’t have that! I had no choice but to buy the tin, right? So, I weakly said, “I’ll take the small one.” Score one for the tea king. Continue reading Little Green Lies: Fibbing for Budget’s Sake

Throwback Thursdays: Our Contributors Write About Health Struggles

Our first Throwback Thursday will involve a few of my favorite essays submitted by our contributors over health issues. As mentioned previously, “Throwback Thursdays” are recommendations from our Year-One content that I believe are worth reposting.

The first was called, “A System Worked and a System Failed: How Illness Impacts our Dear Friends…and Us.”  It consists of a health-status journal entry written by a friend, and a post by another friend.  One with a happy ending, and one without.  One story about the “history of hair” from someone who never really had any to begin with, then lost what she had.  The second story is from a medical student who observed a history of her best friend being misdiagnosed, and thinking through her death at a later time.

The second: “A Kairos Moment at Culp’s Hill.”  Contributor Josh Bottomly recounts his struggle of being unable to help the fact that he and his wife could not bear their own children.  During a brief encounter with history on a professional training trip, he finds what he needs in order to turn his perspective from despair to hope.



My third recommendation was written by our Woman2Woman contributor, Kendy Cox.  She is especially empathetic to various stories of parents with ill children and writes reviews those stories, and highlights the blogs she follows, in “Chicken Soup for the Blogaholic’s Soul.”  The power of an online journal where people can write through their struggles is clear in this post, and I appreciate her sharing the stories of others who want to help their children get better. Continue reading Throwback Thursdays: Our Contributors Write About Health Struggles