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Melissa Edwards

Channel those emotions and find mental clarity.

Woman meditating outdoors
Woman meditating outdoors
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Teachers, therapists, and other educators use the tone wheel to help an individual drill down and say what is being felt more specifically. At its center lies the six basic emotions of happy, sad, disgusted, afraid, surprised, and angry. As its spokes radiate outward, the wheel shows more specific words related to each of the six basic emotions. And in some ways, meditation has a similar goal of helping you to express more specifically your feelings but to do so without as much of the emotion behind it.


Photo courtesy of Canine Cay

Happy 3rd birthday to a Good Boy!

This is a photo essay for those days when you just want to look at pictures of happy pets.


Why you might take a chance and order your glasses online, too.

Woman wearing glasses
Woman wearing glasses
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By your mid-forties to early fifties, you will need eyeglasses of some variety. I am not trying to scare you. I am just passing on what an optometrist told me. No matter how much technology we develop, there are just basic problem areas on the human body where we can alleviate problems but we have not been able to stop them from happening at all. So, I see glasses, perhaps laser surgery, in your future. Sorry.

If you are lucky, you can get by with “cheaters” for reading. You know, those inexpensive glasses from the dollar store or the drug…


…or on any day, really.

Hamburgers on a plate next to an American flag
Hamburgers on a plate next to an American flag
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First, put a bottle of your favorite alcoholic beverage in the refrigerator. You will need it in any case, to celebrate your cooking success or to acknowledge that this didn’t work. Either way, I am currently partial to Stella Rosa, low in alcohol but delicious, and I especially appreciate the Black, Moscato, and peach versions on a summer evening.

For some people, this preparation might be it, but for the rest of you, put on the playlist that reflects your current mood and plan your shopping list: I suggest 80 or 85 percent ground beef…


Hey there, I have small solutions. One, this is for my mental health. I had more than enough adverse experiences. Two, I use my creative contributions as a way to combat some of the negativity in the world. Also, I can help create more positive spaces for the young people with whom I interact.


“So that happened. Now what?”

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So that happened. Now what?

This needs to be the motto of human existence because we mess up many times in our short period on this big rock.

So that happened. So what?

You pick yourself up and get moving again. To be human is to try again.

My beloved grandmother and others illustrated this concept for me, but it took a long time for the lesson to sink in properly.

My grandmother was a very practical person. She was, in fact, one of four very practical siblings, all part of the “Greatest” generation. …


Happy brown-skinned woman
Happy brown-skinned woman
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I have not watched the video showing the murder of George Floyd. Nor have I watched 12 Years a Slave, The Help, or Harriet. These films were highly praised historical fiction. I have not watched any of the recent videos of murders of any kind. I rarely watch the news, and if any pictures of violence are going to be shown, I am tuning out. These videos make up the real history, chosen to represent the world because, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

I did turn in to see these actors and actresses in genres other than historical fiction. I…


Dear Millennials, why is this a thing?

Two cold tea drinks in to-go cups
Two cold tea drinks in to-go cups
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I had noticed that the large coffee chain that is synonymous with fancy, expensive coffee***you know, Starbuck$***was putting nitrogen into some coffee drinks for a few years now, but I assumed that it was a quickly-passing fad. Then, this fad arrived in the common (wo)man’s store, my local 7–11.

I just learned this a few days ago: There is now a thing called Nitro Tea. I learned this at a 7–11 in Maryland. I had been wondering why the new fountain coffee and tea bar had two handles labeled “Hibiscus Pear” when I…


Green zucchini, red bell pepper, orange sweet potato, yellow onion in a pan
Green zucchini, red bell pepper, orange sweet potato, yellow onion in a pan
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No, I don’t love cooking. I cook because I need to eat. Like many of you, I have been cooking more because we are in a pandemic. When you do something more often, you often get better at it. This weekend I realized that I was really enjoying riffing on recipes: my comfort level and calm in the kitchen were at a high level. Since this awesome feeling rarely visits me, I decided that if I tried to decode how I got here, maybe I could replicate this situation more often.

Here are some of the keys that led to…

Melissa Edwards

Educator. Mother. Memory keeper. Dog mom. Friend. #WEOC

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