Author Archives: minndixiemom

About minndixiemom

I'm a Minnesota native with an Alabama heart, reflecting on the past while looking toward the future. My husband, David, and I landed in Huntsville in the late 90s through my former career in TV news. We have two amazing girls, Serina and Sophia, whom we are raising with God's guidance and grace. Besides faith and family, my passions include writing, walking, recovery, and the outdoors. By day I'm the Director of Development for WellStone, Inc., North Alabama's largest and most comprehensive mental healthcare provider.

Den Siste Hilsen (The Final Farewell)

It’s strange, preparing to say goodbye to someone who died nearly two years earlier. You’ve already cried. You’ve grieved. You’ve come to terms with your loss. Yet there we were, on June 28, 2022, scrunched into row 39 on a … Continue reading

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Reflections in Recovery: 20 Years Sober

Today, June 21, 2022, I celebrate 20 years of sobriety. I’m grateful. And deeply reflective. In recovery, we’re not supposed to “regret the past, nor shut the door on it.” It seems I had done a bit of both. I … Continue reading

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Shattered Glasses

You tasted sweet on weary lipsAnd soothed a blistered soul,You numbed a pained, tormented heart,And filled a massive hole. You wrapped your arms around me,A comforting embrace.Pinot, riesling, cabernet,All washed away the angst. Wine drove me quickly to the nightTo … Continue reading

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Three of the Best Bosses I’ve Ever Had

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou ******************************************** I’ve had many jobs and even more bosses. My first gig was at … Continue reading

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Health is Health: Putting physical and mental health on the same plane could eliminate stigma

For years, I’ve been in the “eliminate stigma” camp when it comes to mental illness and addiction. After all, I struggled with undiagnosed ADHD, non-hyperactivity, and general anxiety disorder from childhood into adulthood. Along the way, I self-medicated with alcohol. … Continue reading

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My 3-pound universe: Irony, denial and addiction

In my early 20s, I went out with a nice guy. Over dinner, he shared that he was on Zoloft for depression. I recoiled. For starters, that’s not first-date material. Secondly, I was rife with judgment. I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day without Mom: Seeking Signs

More than eight months after I lost my mom, I am grateful I only have two big regrets. The first, not bringing her home to us sooner. The second, leaving two of her rings unprotected at her assisted living facility. … Continue reading

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Mom’s 86th Birthday: Celebrations in Quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic is hurting us all. To date, more than 14,000 thousand people have lost their lives in the United States alone, leaving families immersed in grief and despair. Thankfully, many others have won their battles, or escaped affliction … Continue reading

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New Year’s at 50: Resolving to fly

Happy New Year, everyone. It’s a big one for me. I headed into 2019 at 50. Fifty means another year to watch my beautiful daughters grow. Another year to spend with my husband, David. Another year to figure out God’s … Continue reading

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Generous even in death, Jim Pickett gave the gift of life to five strangers

In loving memory of James Michael Pickett, November 7, 1964 – July 1, 2018 Jim Pickett was passionate, kind, entrepreneurial, loyal, and spirited. He enjoyed good friends, great food, and lively conversation. But more than anything, he loved my sister, … Continue reading

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