No One Is Putting Drugs in Halloween Candy

It’s Halloween time, and all across the country kids are shining flashlights under their faces, creating eerie shadows across their features.They’re telling their friends about how 40 years ago, a couple of high school students died under mysterious circumstances. Or the story about their ghosts roaming the streets, snatching up souls as they seek revenge [ keep reading ]

Road trip games to keep kids unplugged in the car

road trip games, cows in field

When my husband and I were young, we delighted in taking Sunday drives with our kids. Such excursions often included impromptu stops by a creek or a playground, or car lots to look at trucks. ::makes snarky face but loves her husband:: Nowadays, there’s a lot more traffic on the road. Speed limits are 70 [ keep reading ]

Worst Halloween Candy: Is there such a thing?

worst halloween candy, many bins of candy

Apparently there is such a thing as a worst Halloween candy. This is the candy a Trick-or-treater will throw away or trade first. Each year, different organizations take polls and surveys to come up with the top ten best and worst candies, supposedly in an effort to help parents when they go out shopping for [ keep reading ]

What It’s Like to Be a Writer and Suck at Writing: A Lesson in Rejection

encouragement

I was putting the finishing touches on what was sure to be one of my best articles ever. A 1200 word masterpiece full of wit and personality.  With a smug, satisfied grin on my face, I leaned back in my chair admiring my work. I thought to myself, “This is sure to go viral”. This [ keep reading ]

Cute things that make you say ‘awwwww’

cute things, dad with baby on shoulders

There are certainly days when it seems like the world could use a lot more cuteness. I recently drove through a nearby town (I live in the woods, so  I don’t really have a town.) and every person I saw looked miserable. It almost became a source of distracted driving because I found myself scanning [ keep reading ]

Housecleaning tips and why I like to binge clean

Housecleaning tips, dust mop

We humans like to binge, but it’s a word that definitely carries negative connotations. You wouldn’t want to go on a gambling binge, for instance. If you know the potential disastrous repercussions of binge drinking, there’s no need to admit it to our Hot Mess Press community. That’s your business and hopefully, it was a [ keep reading ]

Is your sense of smell really that important?

sense of smell, girl smelling flowers

I have no sense of smell. I know, you have a lot of questions. In elementary school, my friends passed around tiny bottles of perfume samples their mothers got from Avon representatives. They critiqued their fragrances. But when I sniffed, holding each bottle closer, I began to suspect there was something different about me. I [ keep reading ]

Dying in the bathroom: Everyone has to go sometime

dying in the bathroom, girl in bathroom

I keep a volume of Billy Collins poetry next to the toilet. It has never been my habit to spend time reading in the bathroom. When I was growing up, seven of us shared a single bathroom, so leisurely reading on the toilet was out of the question. Not much changed as I became an [ keep reading ]

You’re Never Too Old to Start Your Dreams

About two months ago, my husband and I bought a full-sized electronic keyboard. We both played a bit in high school, but didn’t really stick with it. Fast-forward twenty years, and it’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t continue to play. I figure that, even if it takes me another twenty years to [ keep reading ]

Do Not Litter: This Dude Took It to a Whole New Level

Do not litter, trash can

Growing up in Pennsylvania, I often saw signs along the roadways. A common one featured bold letters, commanding, “Do Not Litter!” with some fine print about being hit with a $300 fine for disregarding the bold print. I think it’s logical to assume that most kids have parents or other adults in their lives who, [ keep reading ]


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