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Silence is no longer an option.....

Doxy's Note: Strong language ahead. You have been warned.

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I haven't blogged for a very long time. I found out that there are certain people in this world who hate a woman with opinions and the temerity to express them in public. Rather than doing what reasonable adults do—scrolling on past opinions that infuriate them--they will do and say some really hateful things to shut you up.

Nobody likes to be hated. Especially not me—the quintessential Southern people-pleaser, who can write a fiery blog or Facebook post but avoids unpleasant conversations in real life. I've even been known to hide behind potted plants and architectural pillars when I'm out and about, just to avoid running into someone with whom I'd really rather not talk politics or religion. (Sad, but true....)

Doxy is my alter-ego—the one who isn't afraid to say exactly what she thinks. She's who I want to be when I grow up—a fearless woman who doe…

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