For those of you who don’t know, I live in Orlando which means Hurricane Irma was Miss Popularity this past week. You watch the game. I'm on the screened-in patio watching the wind spit garden gnomes into the pool #IrmaHurricane2017 #HurricaneIrma — Rachel Noelle (@RachelNoelle21) September 10, 2017 I’m staying at my aunts’ house (yes, two aunts, that was correct punctuation) until I move into … Continue reading Living Through Hurricane Irma
What is a patriot? According to my little Webster Dictionary, it is someone who ‘strongly supports and serves his or her country’. What does it mean to be a patriot? What does patriotism mean to you? What moments did you have where you felt patriotic or moments that defined patriotism for you? To me, patriotism means pledging allegiance to a flag when I was 6 … Continue reading Patriotism: Yay or Nay?
Strobe lights sweep across the auditorium. Music pounds against my eye sockets. Hands are in the air. They praise God with a passion that used to humble me to tears. I’m in my seat, arms crossed, eyes half open. Literally, I’m in a church. I’M IN A CHURCH AND THERE’S STROBE LIGHTS. I have been in the dregs of America’s Bible Belt for barely two … Continue reading When Christians Go Batshit Crazy
Whatever you imagine your life is going to be like, know your life is not going to be anything like it.* My plan was New York. That’s the place of my origins. My parents met and married there. Now, my brother’s there and I wanted to join him too. I was restless for New York. I blogged about it (read here). I watched movies like … Continue reading Where I’m Supposed to Be
1. Rachel: Her job at the local pub & grill “I’m blessed to have such an awesome cast of coworkers in such a friendly, smalltown-America restaurant. From the cooks and dishwashers whom I can punch and throw food at to the waitresses that help me when I’m confused, from the runners, bussers, and cohosts that make me laugh to the banquet servers who make every function … Continue reading Savvy & Rachel Count their Blessings
Guys I have an announcement..(prepare the drum-roll)… I’m going back to California for Christmas! That’s right, I’m spending Christmas up in the mountains of California surrounded by all of my uncles, aunts, my grandparents, my cousins and their children (would that make them my second cousins or just cousins, twice removed or am I just confused?). There is a lot of things I have to … Continue reading Embracing the In-between State
If you’ve graduated from uni, then you know how strange it feels to suddenly not be surrounded by all your friends. Maybe it’s different for you. For me, I made the choice to go to college in England. I don’t regret it at all. But that meant that graduating meant going home to America and separating from my friends – notably, my fellow co-blogger, Savvy. … Continue reading the Lonely People
The world has been shaken! Everybody’s talking about it. I’m waking up every morning, dreaming about traveling far away. I’m reminded every time a car exhibits road rage. I’m reassured by the promise of a new adventure. Things have changed big time, my beloved co-blogger Savvy, because…drum roll please… you got your license! Clouds part, angels sing – pack your bags, Sav, this calls for … Continue reading An American in Brexit