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? Read More

A Day at the Writers’ Institute

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison Writers’ Institute. I’ve attended a couple writer’s conferences over the years, but then I went to grad school and had to put fictional writing on hold while I focused on academics. So, getting to attend the conference this weekend felt like stretching my wings again.

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The Silent Heroes: those battling chronic illness

Today I’d like to take a moment out of my regularly scheduled blog postings to highlight a group of unsung superheroes. These people look like ordinary Clark Kents, so much so that most people wouldn’t know they were some of the strongest people we know. They are those who suffer from chronic pain/illness. Read More

A Season of Springtime Celebrations

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day Christians celebrate the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples the evening before his death. It is one day in the midst of a series of holy days surrounding the holiday we know as Easter. In my study of cultures and traditions, I have found that understanding the traditions that surround a holiday can often add more meaning and appreciation to the event. Easter is a prime example. Read More

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