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Once a Miller Rocket always a Miller Rocket Picture from my personal files

It’s hard to believe that I have now been retired from teaching for eight years. I worked in education for thirty-two years of my life. Like all professions, it has its ups and downs.

There were so many days that I would walk out of school and say that I had had a Wendy’s day. That meant that I had thoughts of quitting teaching on that particular day and taking a job flipping hamburgers at Wendy’s.

Fortunately, I never did that because I loved my job, and I loved my kids. There were so many funny things that happened when…


I didn’t know better until it happened!

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I was “Karened” by a Karen!

I first became aware of the term Karen just a few months ago. I was complaining about getting bad service at a McDonald’s on Facebook.

Someone told me to “be a Karen” and report it.

I was confused about the use of the name, so I looked it up. No one seems to know the origin of the moniker, but it is possibly attributed to a Dane Cook comedy routine. Then I was faced with the task of looking up who Dane Cook was. So there I was, in the dark about both “Karen” and Dane Cook. Woe is me!

In all of my research, it became apparent that “Karen” and “entitled” white women were synonymous.

Apparently, racist white women…


The trials of parenting a teen

I swear he’s the last one: I really mean it this time

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From the bottom of his expensively sneakered foot to the top of his scowling face, he reminds me that I am a failure as a parent. I’ve been down this path three times before. He is the fourth teen to live in my house.

Parenting a teen is a special kind of hell. With every slam of a door, he reminds me that if teens came into the world ahead of babies, the human population would become extinct.

There are those dreaded words, “Hey, mom.” I cringe. I know what’s next. Spoiler alert: He’s not going to say, “I love…


It’s also a day my son will never forget, but it’s not what you think!

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It was a Friday afternoon. I waited in the car pick up line in front of the high school. My 16-year-old son was due to get out of school at any moment. The final bell rang, and students streamed out of the high school. My son was not among them. Frustrated, I called him. He would often sneak off to the parking lot to talk to his friends and leave me to wait. That would turn out to not be the case this time.

He answers the phone and tells me that he and a friend were hiding behind the…


Tales from a Starburst spitting middle school teacher…

Bless that poor students’ heart!

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Count down till school starts. It’s year seven without me. I retired after 32 years. It was a good run but I’m all “runned” out. I have a drawer full of funny stories. Here is one of my favorites.

You know teachers keep candy in their drawers. The purpose supposedly is to reward students but I confess the person who gets rewarded the most is the teacher. I can claim this habit along with pre-Michelle Obama school lunches for the beginning of my weight gain.

So in…


Count Your Blessings In Life

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Recently my former student and current friend and hairstylist were diagnosed with cancer. It’s been a white-knuckled three months as she waits for a proper diagnosis and the appointments that she needs to get some help. The powers that be in the medical community have been spinning their wheels due to her lack of insurance. She and her husband both own small businesses, and they are financially solvent. However, without insurance, all it would take is one medical procedure to wipe out their savings. She is now in too much pain to work.

Finally, after much cajoling, my friend allowed…


It Was Our Turn To Host Christmas for out of town guests

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Breaking news! Gas prices skyrocket!

Remember that other time when there was an oil crisis?

The news report regarding the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline hit the media this past weekend. This pipeline provides 45% of the fuel in the eastern part of our country. Colonial immediately shut down the pipeline following the attack. Located in Alpharetta, GA, it is one of the largest pipelines in the United States and carries three million barrels of fuel a day from Houston to New York.

Drivers are being urged NOT to go out and fuel up to avoid shortage. Are they kidding? Of course, we fueled up. And so did everyone…


It isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort

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I watched my foster son out of the corner of my eye as I was checking out at the local Kmart. Standing a few feet away at the front of the store, he was holding my six-month-old baby and talking to a strange man. Finally, the man and my foster son shook hands, and the man walked away.

Taking my duties as a foster mom seriously, I questioned him as to who that man was.

Jimmie looked me in the eye and said, “That man was my father!”

I was shocked as I stared at my foster son. He was…


And other important questions that inquiring minds want to know

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I’ve been hacked

It all began when I noticed that there were charges for gift cards on my Amazon card. Puzzled, I began to investigate my account. Sure enough, I could see strange charges on my account, and the purchase amount was small. Then whoever was doing this got greedy. They bought gaming gift cards for fifty dollars.

First, I accused my children. They denied it. I continued to examine my card. Of course, I immediately changed my password. Then I noticed that I had a credit of gift cards on my account. I had no idea where the gift card credit came…


It’s a real struggle

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I cringe every month when I total up my bills. The amount my husband and I pay on credit cards is staggering. Our debt situation is not something that we share with many people, but I guess the cat is out of the bag now.

Looking back, I can see how we got into this fix. It began when we got married, and my husband lost his job. We were frugal and economized, but any unexpected bill went on the card. And, if I am honest, a dinner here or an item of clothing here, all on the card. …

Ruby Lee

Mother, Wife, Teacher, Librarian, Teller of Stories. Author of The Marriage Wars by Leeanne Beasley Berry

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