Another Hole in the Ground: Fort Caroline State Park

So…Quite often my “me-time” is more like finding the biggest unspoiled swath (read bushes) and getting lost. This was surprisingly hard to do in Jacksonville because I didn’t know where to look. With 2016 finally giving up the ghost I’m finding myself THAT much closer to 30. And I am compelled to evaluate EVERYTHING. For instance, Fort Caroline…

Sometimes Done Is Better Than Perfect

  So…there’s this form of self-sabotage called perfectionistic thinking. Before learning about it I would never have considered it to be something I struggled with. What I mean is…I’d have an idea but feel like it wasn’t unique enough or well-thought-out enough or adding anything fresh to the already flooded marketplace of ideas. So…I’d just…

Let’s Go To The Beach

So…I’ll be 25 in 3 days (quarter life crisis or bust)! I thought a visit home would put things in perspective and to some extent it has. I’ve realized that I relish in my independence, have absolutely no idea what I’ve done with the last 25 years of my life or what I’d like to…

It’s A Really Big Hole: Devil’s Millhopper

So…after several failed attempts I finally made it past the gate and onto the winding path that would lead me to The Devil’s Millhopper. Perhaps the anticipation of being turned away so many times gave this particular reserve an air of wonder for me. I think I expected some lush lagoon with deep azure waters…

Pine Cones and Palm Fronds: Morningside Nature Center

So…let’s just be honest with each other; winter is a terrible time to visit a nature park. I may be letting my mood color things but, really. Everything is dead, sleeping or…brown and kind of wet. Despite this, the outdoors gives me an unrivaled feeling of serenity and stillness. I don’t mean the concrete and telephone…

A Short Piece on Pain and Grief

So–you know when something begins with “old folks say…” you know you’re in for some heavy stuff. You know, some “I shoulda, woulda, coulda,” type stuff. Old folks say “hard head bird don’t make good soup.” I can go on forever about the numerous interpretations but, for the sake of being concise I’ll stick to…

25 or 6 to 4. Life Stages.

So–If you’ve enrolled in even a semester of college courses you’ve probably taken some sociology course that talked about “life stages.” Even if you’ve never taken a single class and you’ve never heard the term, you know the concept. “Elle, what’s this theory that’s so simple a third grader can explain it to me?” I’m glad you asked,…

Where in time is Carmen Sandigeo?

  So I’ve been existing entirely IRL, caught up in the reality TV show that is my life.  I can honestly say most times I’ve felt too overwhelmed to write a post. But, that sounds like a lame excuse, even to me. Isn’t my every misadventure supposed to be fodder for Elle…oh, Elle! I’ve had…

#9

what’s she going to do when you break her heart? will she cry and scream until all she has left are breaths labored and ragged until reddish brown rivulets of rouge and powder stain her palms and dress and thoughts of you stain her heart, her favorite places because she wanted to share everything with…

The N-Word Is Not For You

I don’t care how many Black friends you have, the word nigga is not for you. Those six letters. were the last ones heard Read more Another of my favorite pieces of prose. This ties in well with my most recent post on the n-word.

5-7-5 Non-Traditional Haiku

So–In the spirit of national poetry month I thought I’d revisit a classic form of Japanese poetry. If you savvy interwebs surfers are like me, you’ve learned about haiku at some point in your educational experience and have swiftly forgotten about all but the three lines. 7-5-7 or is it 5-7-5? We take two ideas…