Erin Etheridge

Too much for a Friday afternoon

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originally written September 1

Keeping livestock is an entirely different proposition from keeping other kinds of animals. For one thing, a chicken simply will not wear a funny hat or a seasonal bandanna. Still,fall-themed bandanna or no, watching one of our chickens be eaten by a red-tailed hawk was nothing short of shocking.

Which is what . . .

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November 19, 2015

How I herniated a disc at age 32

Or, Anyway life is fleeting (just kidding, sort of)

Two Sundays ago I was helping Noah plant an apple sapling. I handed him the 5 pound tree and tweaked my back. The next morning I couldn't move.

Serendipitously, our bestie Nick texted me "How's your back?" as I was being loaded into the ambulance, so I texted back this photo with the caption: "I've been . . .

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September 23, 2015

The Greenhouse

An essay I wrote for a Design*Sponge contest; it wasn't chosen as a finalist. Here it is.

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We bought our first home eight years ago. Our starter home. It was about 1,200 square feet—three bedrooms, two bathrooms. A palace compared to our previous two apartments. Buying that house was the next point on our classic American upward trajectory, from dorm room, to one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom apartment, and then small house.

I . . .

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August 31, 2015

Picture window

My view of their childhood

It’s overcast and drizzling today. It’s a perfect August rainy day. I have the window blinds pulled up to let in the most light—that soft, perfect light diffused through thick clouds. The grass is so green. There’s a single daffodil gathering rain in its upturned blossom. The willow tree down the street is waving is long branches, which have . . .

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August 18, 2015

Why you should read children's literature as an adult

Revisiting some of the old favorites

Today I finished rereading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I gotta say, not disappointed. I found it in a huge box of my childhood books in my parents’ garage, along with the Anne of Green Gables series; some Little House on the Prairie; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Let the Circle Be Unbroken; and very many others. I’d . . .

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June 01, 2015

All we have is our choices

(and that's quite a lot to have, really)(Bonus semi-related rant on social media photography at the end)

Noah decided he wanted to work more surprises into our marriage, so a couple weeks ago he ordered two books on my amazon wishlist without telling me. (He also booked a two night getaway this weekend to a friend's cabin near Boone. I'm all for these surprises! But apparently the surprises aren't always for me, even if they're . . .

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March 25, 2015

Forgiveness is a lifestyle

Many mixed metaphors describing a simple to understand but often difficult to execute state of mind

Our bestie Nick came over for dinner last week and brought with him a surprise: a copy of Bob Goff's Love Does. Bob had come to speak at Wake Forest (free admission!) and we couldn't make it, but Nick went and brought us a souvenir.

Aside: Gosh, I love reading. I love picking books that can suit my mood or season of life or even make . . .

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February 18, 2015


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