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Brendareeves

Whenever I write or comment on race or politics, I get called names or accused of being racist, a privileged white woman, and conservative. I think I’ve figured out why people have this perception of me.

My values, beliefs, and opinions are not black and white; no pun intended. I…


You aren’t going to hold me, hostage

I got an email from TransUnion saying that my Fico score had been updated. They pointed out that there was a reduction in card usage last month. I checked to discover that my Fico Score dropped 17 points. Yes, because I didn’t use…


If you want to be happy

I struggled with this title. I'm probably going to stick my foot in my mouth as usual. I'm speaking about the experience of two people, but I realize there are exceptions, and there are probably a lot more of us. After reading a Medium…


Or maybe I didn’t

I have a bachelor's degree in creative writing. You would never know it by the articles I write on Medium. That's because I'm journaling. I write whatever pops into my head on any given day. I'm never without ideas on what to write because I live…


A gift from an Italian Immigrant

Fresno lies in the middle of California in the San Joaquin Valley amid some of the richest farmland in the nation. It’s also home to a unique landmark built by one man.

Forestiere Underground Gardens has remained in the Forestiere family for over 100 years after the creator began constructing…


This is the first time I’ve been on Medium in about five days. As most people know, bad things happen in threes. Let me start at the beginning:

Almost two weeks ago, my hearing aides died on me, and I had to buy new ones. The audiologist couldn’t believe that…


Where did our earnings go?

I didn't enter the writing contest, so you won't hear sour grapes from me. But, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. It seems that all earnings are in freefall. Why? If your earnings are continuing to soar, let us all know.

Is it…


A hurricane recently traveled up the Western coast of Mexico. The morning after the storm, I took a walk down the street to see what damage the buildings suffered and found this bird standing quietly against the wall. What kind of bird is it, I wondered? Notice the blue webbed…


You still have to think for yourself

I worked as a resource specialist for many years. A resource specialist works with learning disabled students one on one or in small groups. One day, I told a student to look a word up in the dictionary. This was in the olden days when dictionaries were hardbound books.

The…


Are claps worth anything? Are views worth anything?

Shortly after I started on Medium, I read that writers would no longer earn for claps and views. Did I dream that? Another writer told me that we do earn money for claps and views. Enquiring minds want to know.

We can clap up to 50 times for an article…

Brendareeves

A free spirit, visual artist, writer, animal lover, introvert and independent woman.

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