Reading Wednesday | Hummus and Homicide

Hummus and Homicide, by Tina Kashian, is the first book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. Lucy Berberian is a lawyer who returns to her home town after quitting her big city job. Her family owns a Mediterranean restaurant, where she reluctantly agrees to work. But when the health inspector dies after Lucy served her, all … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Hummus and Homicide

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Reading Wednesday | How do you say Good Night?

Do you have a good night ritual with your children? In How do you say Good Night, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, Zoey the Zebra wonders how the animals around her say good night. The story is her search for the answer to her question. Zoey lives in a grassy area on the continent of Africa. On … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | How do you say Good Night?

The Light of Christmas

Christmas, that most wonderful time of the year. It can be also be challenging: winter storms muddle travel, parties over-fill our calendar, family can have its own dynamics. Nevertheless, it has always been my favorite holiday. To me, Christmas has a certain magic. The sparkly lights, snow glistening on the ground, carols on the radio, … Continue reading The Light of Christmas

A Writer’s Advent – Peace

It's that most wonderful time of the year. But even with lights, family, presents, holiday movies, and great food, one emotion often eludes us: Peace. We can have everything on our wish list, but that settled calm seems to slip through our fingers. We may ask ourselves why we feel disquieted on such a silent … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent – Peace

The Writer’s Advent – Joy

Joy, an emotion that lights up the eyes of a child when they open a gift to find their dreams come true. It fills the soul like a warm cup of soup on a winter's night. It switches out wrinkles for smile lines on the eldest person's face. No time is joy more easily come … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent – Joy

The Writer’s Advent: Love

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It's a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character's action. Of course, there's romantic love. So what makes Christmas Love even more special? I think of … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent: Love

A Writer’s Advent: Hope

I love the Christmas season. It is a time when a child's wonder is most allowed in adults. Lights sparkle on every street corner. Cheer is in the air. Snow is even more welcome. It is at this time of year, amid all the trials and tribulations of adulthood, that we can take a few … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent: Hope

A Writer’s Thanksgiving

As a writer, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are thankful for amid rejection letters, failed technology, and endless revisions. Today, the people of the United States take a day out of our lives to remember all the things for which we can be thankful (while eating amazing food and watching … Continue reading A Writer’s Thanksgiving

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’