One Paris Summer by Denise Swank: a book review

Everyone dreams of going to Paris. Except Sophie Brooks. She has to go to the City of Lights because her father is getting remarried. What she finds there is more than just an uncomfortable family dynamic, she discovers Paris may not be that bad after all. Read More

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. Read More

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? 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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