Christmas past and the bittersweet memory of a lost recipe

A flocked and decorated Christmas tree with bright red and gold ornaments
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A thin sliver of creamy lemon goodness sat waiting, smudged in a frosty, glass pie dish. The last piece hidden behind a large container in the back of the refrigerator and her last pie. Every holiday, my mother-in-law would bake the entire family’s favorite dessert using lemons from her own…

Make you wanna holler

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There are fewer things I detest more than working with people who are dishonest. Tell me anything but tell me the truth. If you‘ve lived long enough, you’ve seen a version of good cop, bad cop, play out on the job.

Some think it’s a viable workplace strategy — hidden…

Toya Qualls-Barnette

Living, loving and observing the absurdities of life/Writing about the impact of relationships and the human experience

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