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Soul Deep

By Melissa Face

“Well good morning, cutie,” the receptionist says to my daughter, Delaney, as we sign in for our appointment. She continues to compliment my daughter’s looks, so I smile appreciatively and prompt Delaney to respond. “Thank you,” Delaney says on cue, and we find a seat in the waiting room where she continues to receive compliments […]

Practicing What I Teach

By Melissa Face

Last fall I accepted a position as an English instructor at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS), a high school for students who are gifted in the arts and technology. During freshman orientation, my department chair, Dr. Cunningham, introduced members of the English and Literary Arts faculty to the parents of entering students. She introduced […]

Our Real House

By Melissa Face

Our Real House

I told one of my students that my husband and I were buying a new home. “How exciting!” she commented. “Is it your dream house?” “Not exactly,” I answered, without thinking about what her question really meant. It isn’t a dream house by HGTV or any other home improvement show’s standards. It doesn’t have an […]

Another Mammie Story

By Melissa Face

Another Mammie Story

It’s 8 pm, and I am driving a few miles to my grandmother’s house for a visit. For some, this is probably an unusual time to go see a grandparent, but for us it works perfectly. We are both night owls who love evening coffee, late night talk shows and, of course, a little story […]

One Day

By Melissa Face

I am sitting on my sofa, watching my maple tree release the last of its leaves to the ground. I watch them with awe and wonder and a new feeling of gratitude that has developed in me over the past few years. It is true that the appreciation of life’s best gifts comes with time. […]

Enough Stuff

By Melissa Face

Enough Stuff

My friend, Dawn, put her house on the market last month. In order to prepare it for showings, she had to make a few repairs, do a bit of painting, and most importantly, get rid of some stuff. Dawn cleaned out her son Reid’s room and put a few things in storage and tossed a […]

When Skies Are Grey

By Melissa Face

When Skies Are Grey

I crouch at the bottom of the stairs and listen as my husband, Craig, sings Evan to sleep. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…” It’s a bit pitchy in places; my husband is not a singer. “You make me happy, when skies are grey.” I strain to hear more because I know the beauty […]

Don’t Ask the Experts

By Melissa Face

Don't Ask the Experts

I deactivated my Facebook account. It’s just a temporary reprieve, really, from the judgment and criticism that point to one obvious truth: I am failing as a parent. Lately, it seems that in front of every laptop sits a parenting expert, eager to share his or her philosophies on child rearing. They write their articles […]

Alone Together

By Melissa Face

Alone Together

“What’s it like?” my mom asked, wanting to know a bit about our anniversary cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “Well, if you’re looking to reconnect with your spouse, this is the place,” I explained. “There’s not much else to connect to. Certainly not Wi-Fi!” I’m not so attached to my devices that I can’t […]

Inside Dog

By Melissa Face

Inside Dog

“Come here, buddy,” I called to my boxer, Tyson, as I patted the sofa cushion next to mine. Tyson slowly stood up, shook off and hopped down from his former position. As he trotted towards me, I watched another cloud of fur fall to the carpet. Then, Tyson put his front left paw on the […]

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