My mother passed away two days after Christmas in 2016, and in the year following her death and going through my mother’s belongings I came to realize that, to some degree, she was hoarding.

Now I myself know the difficulty of throwing some things away, or the mild worry of…


I spoke to a man yesterday who was at first, as they sometimes are, a bit wary of me. Let’s call him Tom.

“So who are you? What are you calling about?”

These are questions I often get as folx are pretty caught off guard when a stranger asks them…


Hey, I want to share with you about a call I had yesterday that I’m still thinking about.

David is from a rural county in Western North Carolina. We’ll call him “David,” as that’s his first name. His first name, as though we are his familiars. And the conversation began…


I was out of half & half this morning, and it was early, around 6am, so I had to spend a few moments figuring out what would be open. Once I settled on a store that wasn’t too close but close enough, I sent a text to my sleeping daughter…


“You were wild once here. Don’t let them tame you.” — Isadora Duncan

I was out of half & half this morning so at 6am tried to figure out what would be open. Once I settled on a store that wasn’t too close, but close enough, I sent a text to my sleeping daughter in the off chance she woke while I was…


On “immoral and unethical” corporate behaviors

Just before Christmas of 2017, we heard that Apple is in some hot water in the form of two class action lawsuits for admitting to intentionally slowing down old phones.

Business Insider is reporting on this story and of the latest suit, involving five…

Melissa Hassard

Writer, editor, mom, activist, poet. Wears a mask. melissahassard.com

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