Entries by Summer Owens

How I Used Tax Time to Change My Life

Hope you met the deadline for filing your taxes. Better yet, hope you got a refund. I didn’t. Not this year. This tax season, I was single with no dependents to claim so I joined many of my single friends who don’t have kids and have been used to not getting a refund at all. […]

Grandma's Hands

I was 15, pregnant, scared and didn’t want to be in my mother’s house with my stepfather another day. Remember in my book the time when he got mad at me about the ironing board, and I ran away? Well, walked because I was very pregnant. Very hurt. Very confused. Very scared. After my mother […]

March 20th…Coming Full Circle.

When I walked into that library, the room filled with girls who looked like I did in 1995, I felt at home. And I had no idea what new memory would be created and associated with my return visit to Jackson Central-Merry High School where I graduated #8 in my class and mother to two-year old […]

S.O. What! to Education?

I just got off the phone with a friend whose son is constantly skipping school. He’s a senior, in high school, once was in honors classes and now just doesn’t seem to care about his education or his future. Is he unique? Unfortunately, not at all. Sadly, so many of our youth today are not […]

Forget About a Resolution. Just Make Progress.

January is coming to a close, and many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions.  In the past, I’ve mentioned some “resolutions”, but this year I didn’t even consider it. I just know that I’m going to always take steps towards progress and setting myself up to be better each and […]

Rudolf the S.O. What! Reindeer

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I remember the anxious feelings I had as a child watching under the bedroom door of the room that my sister and I shared. Our mom and my stepdad would make us go to bed then pull out our gifts from their hiding places. […]