Invisible illnesses often demand cries for help
Invisible illnesses often demand cries for help
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There are many medical diagnoses a doctor can pronounce that cause your heart to drop out of your chest. They paralyze your brain and throw you onto the double pathway of grief and denial. Doctors have a special tone of voice when they deliver the news, and their faces adopt a stereotypical expression — one actors and actresses mimic in movies and television. And, if you’re lucky, they take your hand and move on with a plan for your treatment. Because even when they use the dreaded c-word, there’s usually something up their sleeve. …


Are we seeing the beginning of The Handmaid’s Tale?
Are we seeing the beginning of The Handmaid’s Tale?
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When The Handmaid’s Tale first appeared on television, I paid no attention — aside from a “glancing listen” to co-workers' conversations discussing the latest episodes. Having landed in the Bible Belt for high school, the book didn’t appear on my reading list. And I never encountered it in my wanderings through the bookstore. And while everyone around me felt the series worthy of conversation, I prided myself on avoiding the cattle rush of mainstream popularity.

So while the premise sounded intriguing, I let years slide past. Until recently, I didn’t pick up the phenomenon — when I admitted COVID-19 had…


Traffic-strewn highways resemble the neural pathways of fibromylagia patients
Traffic-strewn highways resemble the neural pathways of fibromylagia patients
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How many times have you uttered the words, “You’re getting on my last nerve?” The phrase tends to get your point across, right? (Okay, so if someone’s pushed those final buttons, it doesn’t, but most people get the drift) Have you ever considered what the words MEAN, though? Where IS that final nerve located?

For people with fibromyalgia, this is a daily examination. As individual neurons scream for our brain’s attention (most of the time for no good reason), we grit our teeth and start to navigate the long, insane, complicated highway that is the human body’s nervous system. An…


“Is the wait time for our vet appointment over yet?”
“Is the wait time for our vet appointment over yet?”

Veterinary wait times have always been a point of contention. I worked to soothe ruffled feathers when I worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, patiently explaining why people found themselves sitting in the lobby for two hours. I saw the anger and frustration first-hand, and I knew there was little I could do; demand eclipsed supply. Now, with the restrictions of COVID-19 protocols, those wait times have soared, increasing frustrations. …


2020: Would NOT Recommend
2020: Would NOT Recommend

If I had even a penny for every time I heard or read some variation of, “2020 strikes again,” I could fund a time machine to skip the year entirely. For me, it’s an ironic concept. I’m not apart from the occurrences of this year, but, in the past, I’ve held different superstitions. Before the cesspool that became 2020, I held a firm belief that odd-numbered years were the real villains of the calendar. Then the bottom fell out, and I had to reexamine my world view.

But is 2020 the demon we’re making it out to be? Or are…


Laptop with “You Got This” sign for inspiration
Laptop with “You Got This” sign for inspiration
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Behind grammar and spelling, inspiration features heavily in any writer’s toolbox. Regardless of what words you put together, if the so-called “spark of genius” fails to make an appearance, you’re just typing random words onto a screen. I’ve made the frequent claim that inspiration can come from anywhere, citing various sources as blog topics to illustrate that very point. I meant the words, but I never expected to find them echoing back from the depths of my mind.

Defining Inspiration

Depending on who you speak to, inspiration is transcendent, amplifying your senses and awareness to the point of heightened awareness. Artists and…

Andria Kennedy

I’ve been a freelance writer since April 2020. I’m not afraid to speak my mind (clearly). I’m a firm believer in providing a voice where it’s most lacking.

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