Reading Wednesday | Stealing Jake

Stealing Jake, by Pam Hillman, follows Livy O'Brien as she tries to make a new life in Chestnut, Illinois. When she steps in to protect a group of street kids, she must face her own past since she was once one of them.Deputy Jake Russell aims to put a stop to the thieving being done … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Stealing Jake

Reading Wednesday | The Spice King

As soon as I saw the cover for the first book in Elizabeth Camden's new series, I couldn't wait to read it. A historical novel about spices, botany, and political intrigue, it mixes romance with with world of commercial food, business rivalry, and treason. Happily, The Spice King lived up to my hopeful expectations. The … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Spice King

Reading Wednesday | Ring of Secrets

Spies, codes, and a nation at war for their independence. In Roseanna M. White's Revolutionary War romantic suspense novel, Ring of Secrets, a young patriot must hide her true heart amid those loyal to the British. In a time when everyone suspects their neighbor, Winter Reeves chooses to use her aristocratic connections to pass information … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Ring of Secrets

Goodbye, Mr. President

There are a but a handful of moments in time where you know you are observing history. Other moments you may not realize are history, but they stay with you for years. For me, presidential funerals are such events. I'll never forget watching Ronald Regan's funeral in 2004. Being from Illinois, as was the 40th … Continue reading Goodbye, Mr. President

Back to Work, a New Journey Begins

This past week, I returned to work after my maternity leave. It's a juggling act, as all moms know, but I love my job and I'm excited to be back at it. With being a working mom fresh on my plate, I thought I'd write down a few thoughts on the subject. My work schedule … Continue reading Back to Work, a New Journey Begins

The Rio Olympics, a few thoughts

We're nearly a week into the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Others have likely covered most topics already, from gold medal winners to women competitors to Mr. Phelps' game face. But, as I watched the games and listened to the announcers, two thoughts have lodged themselves in my head: cross-cultural sportsmanship and the power of the … Continue reading The Rio Olympics, a few thoughts

The ‘I’ and the ‘We’

Identity theorist Erik Erikson said, "To truly meet others with whom we share a 'we,' one must have a sense of 'I'." I've been thinking about identity lately and this quote often plays in my mind when that subject comes up. We inevitably see the world through our own lens. Our history - the good … Continue reading The ‘I’ and the ‘We’

A Time to Weep

When a tragedy, such as the recent events in Florida, strikes, I find myself either staring at the television in horror or running from every form of media because my heart is too broken to bear any more. I know individuals respond to loss differently. Some weep, some grow angry, some experience the entire cycle … Continue reading A Time to Weep

Memorial Day

In anticipation of Memorial Day this weekend, I decided to share a post I wrote several years ago. It says well what I’d still say today.

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I’ve always considered myself to be patriotic. I love flag etiquette, singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs, and studying about how we became this great nation. However, it wasn’t until this weekend that I realized those feelings are actually thanks to my family.

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Colonial Beverages: a fully ‘American’ experience

Hard cider is making a comeback. But why do we need to be literally hit over the head with an apple (okay, maybe figuratively, but the commercials are convincing) to be told its good when cider was historically one of the beverages of choice during the founding of the United States? Back when heading west … Continue reading Colonial Beverages: a fully ‘American’ experience