Stacye Carroll

Stacye Carroll
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
September 01
Feature Writer
Our Town Magazine
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FEBRUARY 26, 2014 11:55AM





I want a cigarette.   Bad.   I’m sure I could scrounge up a pack if I looked hard enough.

I can taste it.   It wouldn’t be menthol.    He doesn’t smoke menthol.   And it’d be short…mu… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2013 11:13AM



In his 13 Hopes for 2013, Shane Claiborne lists“Learn a skill – like welding – and use it for something redemptive, like turning a machine gun into a farm tool.”

I’ve read this sentence at least a dozen times over the last week or so.  It’s/

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OCTOBER 11, 2013 11:21PM

Blame Game





As the oldest of four girls, I heard the question, “Who did this?”, a lot.  “Where did that come from?” ran a close second, but never knocked “Who did this?” out of first place.

The question, of course, always led to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2012 10:17AM

Warm Whispers


I have a thing for sleepwear.  I like cotton nightgowns, silk nightshirts andgirly pajamas.  I own six bathrobes; one of them purported to be “The Softest Robe Ever”.  It’s soft, alright.  It’s also very fluffy, and putting it
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NOVEMBER 14, 2012 9:19AM

An Empathetic Voter

 There was a point in time when I was sure my Mom had a thing for Hubert Humphrey.  It wasn’t anything she said or did.  It was something in the way my father respoRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 11:28PM

Of Trees and Music


I covet my neighbor’s willow tree.  I always wanted one, but the roots contain some kind of homing device causing them to make a beeline for the septic tank, resulting in “thousands of dollars in costly repairs.”

Or at least that’s what the man said.

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AUGUST 28, 2012 8:29AM

To Destin, For Dad

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 My Dad is sick. 

That’s never happened.

Just ask him, he’ll tell you.

Well, except for that one time.  A seed got trapped in a crook in his colon.  I met them in the emergency room…Dad swallowing a hospital bed while Mom looRead full post »
JULY 1, 2012 10:04PM

Getting Crazy




For the first time since my son died, I’ve been left alone for longer than it takes to visit the chiropractor or have a music lesson. 

It was my choice.  I could have tagged along but it costs so much to board the dogs, and… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2012 10:02PM

Learner's License


My 15-year old is learning to drive.  Even as we walked into the DMV to get his learner’s license, I couldn’t imagine sitting in the passenger seat while he piloted my vehicle; my new vehicle, my favorite-car-in-the-whole-wide-world that, even after nine months, boas/

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JUNE 16, 2012 12:10PM



Daddy was a large man whose crusty work-boots tracked red mud onto mother’s carpets.

He wore glasses…big ones…with thick black frames.  And white t-shirts…

He played football in high school, but tennis courts paved his way to college.

When I

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JUNE 9, 2012 8:30PM






My Dad will be 81 today.  He made his yearly trek up from the gulf coast to Atlanta yesterday, and you can write his departure date on your calendar in ink.  He’ll leave the day after Father’s Day.  His work here will be done.  It&r… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2012 10:17PM

Boy Wearing Light-up Shoes



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He was tall…quite tall, and thin; the kind of thin that appeared to hide-behind rather than be covered-by the t-shirt that fell like a drape from his rack of shoulders.  The shirt was nearly colorless.  His pants were faded as well. Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2012 8:52PM

Birthday Boys





Looking back, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have shared a pregnancy with than my friend, Dottie.  She uses her grown-up name now.  Everyone calls her Dot.  But, I knew her when.  I’ll always call her Dottie.

From the time we m… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2012 7:49AM


 On Sunday, we’ll spend Easter together… without him.  Exactly twenty days later, we’ll celebrate his twenty-sixth birthday…but he won’t be there.   Mother’s Day will be different this year. 

And so it begins…our… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2012 8:02PM


slipping away 


You don’t get many choices at birth.   Nobody asks what you want to be.  Take birth order, for example.  I was the first-born of four girls.  Given what I now know, I might have chosen to be born last, but nobody asked me.  You don’t get… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2011 7:47PM

2011 - Retrospective


As years go, there have been better and there have been worse. 

1999, for example, was a wonderful year.  1999 was the year I remembered my worth and reclaimed my strength.  After years of living a “less than” life,/

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OCTOBER 14, 2011 9:14PM



“Honey, it’s at least a month away.  It’s too early to ask her.  A million things could happen between now and then.” 

I felt an overwhelming urge to reach out and pull the words back in before my son heard them. 

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 9:31PM






I got spooked.  Everyone made it sound so hard.  It just made sense to get all the help I could get, so I bought a book. 

Nothing I read really surprised me.  I expected my sex drive to crawl underneath the bed.  I knew my skin would… Read full post »






I’m not the most social animal you’ll ever meet.

Just ask…

Okay, there are a couple of people you could ask. 

My oldest/dearest would regale you with stories of sardonic avoidance.  While she’s talking though, remember she&rsq/… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2011 1:36AM







He looks like his father, but he doesn’t know it.  It’s in the eyes, around the nose…the bridge.  There’s an aquiline quality, a sharpness that conjures him.

But that’s where it ends. 

Everything else; from fine… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2011 1:11PM

Home Alone





As she does most mornings, my friend Lisa greeted me on Thursday with a text message.


“Did you see them off?”


She knew I’d spent the previous two days shopping, laundering, baking, and packing in an effort to give the men in my li… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2011 7:24AM

And That's When I Saw The Duck


It was just a regular Thursday morning…

I go in late on Thursdays.  My schedule was changed a couple of years ago to accommodate customers in other time zones.  Personally, I felt those customers could have used the same method they use when planning toRead full post »
MAY 20, 2011 10:36PM

To Bake, Or Not to Bake?




So, apparently, The Rapture is scheduled to take place tomorrow, May 21st.  Or October 21st.  Or, possibly some time in between.  I guess that’s why, though he announced a date, Reverend Camping left us guessing as to time. 

And, that’s unfor… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 8:55PM

Politics and Pharisees




I work in an office populated by political people, the majority of whom prefer their chairs roll only to the right.

And, then there’s me.

Clinton was still in office when I started this job.  Those were the salad days…

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MAY 8, 2011 11:36AM

Going To The Birds


My very favorite place to spend a spring-time Sunday morning is on the patio in my backyard, where the birdsong is exquisitely varied and sung at a pitch that is awe-inspiring.  I've often thought I should bring my camera with me.  Today I did.

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