I am late to the dog thing. My first dog was forced upon me in my early 40's by my neighbors who all had dogs and were trying to rehome a stray. That was about ten years ago. Charlie changed my life in ways I can’t explain. …

I don’t think I’ve ever shared this publicly….In 1983 I was graduating from a very respected public high school. Many of my friends had chosen schools that were considered top notch like UNC Chapel Hill, Emory, and Vanderbilt. I had the grades to apply for those type schools but I…

Evictions and Moving On

About five years ago, I met a woman who was living on the street near the Northlake mall area. Little did I know that I would continue seeing her for the next five years. Sometimes it was at the bus stop, sometimes it was outside of…

I don’t remember when I learned the meaning of the word advocate, but I do remember it instantly becoming one of my favorites words. Advocate is defined as “to plead the cause of another” or “one who pleads the cause of another.” All of my career paths have at their…

Exceptions to the Rules

Seeing that my entire career has involved working with children in some capacity, I figured out early on that it made sense for me to be totally transparent about not having children of my own. Along with that disclosure, I always acknowledge that parenting is the…

The past week has been an unusually rough one for me. I awoke one night over a week ago with some of the most intense pain I have ever felt in my chest. My first thought was that I was having a heart attack. In the wee hours of the…

I have spent the last 20 years rethinking a lot including my theology and worldview. I grew up Baptist and was not allowed to play cards or shop on Sunday. This is why Chick Fil A was my only choice for a job since they weren’t open on Sundays. I…

So I’ve been more conscious about trying to spread love these days. I have been in a couple situations lately where I found myself quickly judging folks. Yesterday, I was in Uncle Maddios, my second home/office. I saw a family I had met a few weeks ago when the kids…

My heart is heavy. Those close to me and who follow my posts on social media know that I have been completely consumed with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Yes, I have seen the two videos that have come out in the past few days….one of Ahmaud being confronted by…

Meg Tanner

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom from Students, Strangers, Relationships, My Dog, My Faith and My Day

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