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Dee Thompson
Atlanta
I love to write, cook, and laugh.
Interests: adoption, watching hgtv and the food channel whenever possible, cooking, movies, reading, writing, all things russian, exploring psychic phenomenon, making my friends laugh
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My father loved Lewis Grizzard. Mom and Dad always read his column in the paper, and I read it too, even though I was a bit too young to really appreciate the humor. In the 1980’s and early 90’s I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Crab Chronicles
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I watched the movie On the Basis of Sex the other day, about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and was reminded about how limited the choices were for women, until recently. Young women today have literally no idea how fortunate they are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was nearly grown before I realized that my mother had her own language, and not everybody knew it. We spoke fluent mama at my house, me and my brother, from an early age. It's a very expressive language, very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I was thinking a few years ago that there are not that many movies out there that star people in my age range -- 45-65. Most movies have main characters that are twenty-somethings or thirty-somethings. I enjoy movies like Jumanji... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
I just finished reading an article in Vanity Fair that was pretty gloom and doom -- predicting the changes we will see in the next ten years "won't be pretty." Instead of a happy Jetson's type life, we will all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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I grew up thinking I was the only kid in the world who had weird parents and a weird family life. When I got to be a teenager and spent a fair amount of time at other people's houses I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at The Crab Chronicles
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There is a Facebook group called Georgia Followers -- Everything Georgia and someone posted this a few days ago: "Georgia is too hot during the winter and way too hot during the summer." Of course, a firestorm of debate was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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When I was 8 years old we left Augusta, Georgia, the only home I'd ever known, and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville is a lovely city, in the foothills of East Tennessee, very close to the mountains. Many nice people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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I have been working as a freelance writer for a long time but last April I took a part-time job as a paralegal, using my other skill set. I had not held a regular paralegal position in 6 years. If... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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It has been a while since I posted but I've been super busy. My mom fell the day after thanksgiving but didn't go to the hospital. We've been nursing her here at home. She went to the doctor a few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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Every year now I am filled with two big emotions: regret and relief. Regret because there is nobody from either side of the family coming to Atlanta to eat Thanksgiving dinner with us. Relief, because I don't have to clean... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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Nothing makes a hard day bearable like a little kindness. Some days are just hard. Today was such a day. One of my dad's first cousins died - at age 95. I knew him. I know his sons. Cousin Doug... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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Shortly before I brought my daughter home from Russia in 2004 I started a group for parents of children adopted from Russia and Eastern Europe. The best support I got through the adoption process was from other parents. Like veterans,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
Don't you hate hacks and tips for people who sound like they have a ton of money and a full-time maid? Or tips for people who are what I call Major League Foodies? I am proud to say I'm a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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We spend the first 18-22 years of our lives going to school every day, and aside from our parents, teachers have an enormous ability to influence our lives. I was reminded of this when a Facebook friend posted a link... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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What makes life worth living? The people we love obviously have a lot to do with that. I think what we love plays a big part, too. There are certain sights, sounds, and smells that fill me with love, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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Some years ago I was delighted to hear about a relative of mine who had found employment as a stockboy at a gift shop. Why was I so thrilled about that position? My relative was born with intellectual disabilities and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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Most people fall solidly into one of three camps when it comes to this question: Are ghosts real? I have friends who are scientists and engineers who scoff at the notion, and consider anyone saying they've seen a ghost to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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A colleague of mine who is also in the writing and editing business asked me the other day why I write. I don't recall anyone ever asking me that. Anyone who knows me at all well knows that writing is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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My new book Leaf Season is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia [mostly], a beautiful area I have long wanted to write about. I spent most of my growing up years [ages 8-18] in Knoxville, in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
I was in my 40's before I realized, much to my horror, that the rest of the world looks at southerners with something like benign contempt, if not outright disdain. I have been watching an HBO show called The Righteous... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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I see posts on social media fairly often about the fact that teenagers today spend a lot of time on their phones but they don't seem to understand basic life skills like how to change a tire or how to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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When I was a kid my father insisted we clean our rooms periodically, and I had no problem with that. My dad loved all things military so our rooms had to pass inspection before we could play or do anything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
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I spent most of my childhood thinking that one day, if I did everything right, I might just be able to Fit In. Normal never applied to me but I saw that as an embarrassment. Fitting In was the goal.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles
I am sitting at a table in a condo on Hilton Head Island, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean and thinking about how my life has changed tremendously in recent years, and yet the ocean looks the same as it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at The Crab Chronicles