Life

Reading headlines on vacation

7 mins read

Four days into my vacation in sunny Turks and Caicos, President Obama gave a speech about his goals for the nation’s recently controversial security measures. Yes, I was on vacation, but I needed a little […]

Books, News & Culture

Celebrating Zora Neale Hurston

2 mins read

Today would have been Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday. If you haven’t read anything by Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a good place to start. I read this novel in high school and still […]

Everyday Poems

Tranquil Tuesday: Dawn

1 min read

During the week, some of you get an early start for work or whatever else you have in store for the day. A poem like this one by Campbell McGrath reminds me that there’s someone […]

News & Culture

The art of interviews and HONY

3 mins read

Interviews are hard work. You approach a stranger and start asking them questions they might not want to answer. You need to ask the right questions, and sometimes ask twice. You need to smile and […]

Life

Let’s talk about food, baby

4 mins read

Food can tell you a lot of things about people. It can tell you what their tastes are, what kind of traditions they keep and, of course, how hungry they are. This year my husband […]

Life

The right New Year’s resolutions

3 mins read

New Year’s resolutions — you either love them or you really, really hate them. Honestly, I never got the point. My thinking went that making promises that you can’t keep is just a set up […]

Life, Travel

What are your vacation moments?

3 mins read

Whenever it starts getting cold and the holiday season approaches, I start thinking about what has been going on in my life. The New Year is on my mind. One of the big changes in […]

Everyday Poems

Tranquil Tuesday: Fearless

1 min read

Frankenstein’s monster, like any stranger in the night, wants someone to love. Of course his problem is that he can’t love just anyone, and Dr. Frankenstein refuses to create his match. So the monster tries […]

News & Culture

After Sandy Hook

2 mins read

“… that’s the only way good can be in us, is if we freely choose it over all else.” – Alissa Parker One year after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I sit […]

Books

Mini-Reviews: The God of Small Things

2 mins read

If I were to ever choose a favorite book, this one would be among the top contenders. The prose is eloquent and raw. It can be simple and complicated at the same time. (It’s extremely […]