January 2019

The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

I read this for probably the third time this past year. I was asking myself yesterday what my favorite Shakespeare is, and it feels like an impossible question to answer. But if I ask myself which one I read the most often… The Tempest wins!! I’ve read it before, and I’m sure I’ll read it many times again. What with Ariel and his cloven pine, Miranda seeing man for the first time, and the wonderfully… Read More »The Tempest – A Gloriously Fun Shakespeare

Weirdly Whimsical Words

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As I was falling asleep the other night I ran through words to help me fall asleep, and I was using the letter W. What came out ended up being a lovely vignette! Why worry when The woman begins To wield the weirdly words? — A whimsical charm A mystical yarn That reveals itself to the world. I am currently offering a FREE copy of my poetry book Wonderous Pain. Click here to get your copy!

Her Charism

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who was very bad at being sad. Life was often sad for her, as it is for everyone, and she would reflect on the sadness, let it envelop her, and accept it. But she was a little too sanguine to do it well. When she spoke of her sadness, loneliness, or her cage, she thought she was being wise. Yet everyone around her was brought not insight,… Read More »Her Charism

I'm on a Podcast!

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuEBpli3ZQk&w=560&h=315] I was recently interviewed on a podcast for authors! Hear all about Trinian, when I began writing, my struggles with writing, and more! Thanks to Darshaun McAway for having me on his show! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuEBpli3ZQk&w=560&h=315]

The Barren Garden

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Where barren bones bring no life to straggling gardens, some seeds new and vibrant should be planted. But where do we find such soulful seedlings? Where should we plant our special plantlings? Plant and do not worry, for yesterday has passed away. Plant and rejoice, for tomorrow has a way of coming. Plants aplenty come and go, some regal and some low, but without today last years would be a myth. With today, tomorrow’s a… Read More »The Barren Garden

Timothy Zahn May Be the Best Star Wars Author – But He’s Not For Me

I read Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn, early in 2018, and to be honest, and I wish I could’ve liked it better since it included aspects that I really love about the Star Wars universe! As a child, I read Jude Watson’s Jedi Apprentice, Last of the Jedi, and Jedi Quest series and loved them! When I read other Star Wars books, however, especially ones that came after episode 6, The Return of… Read More »Timothy Zahn May Be the Best Star Wars Author – But He’s Not For Me

A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

(An add-on article for my original post: how to motivate children to read more and my 2018 reading list) I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I watched the classic movies, of course, and also the late 90’s and early 2000’s TV shows on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings, but my fondest memories of Winnie the Pooh are of the nights before bed when my dad read the A.A. Milne books aloud. He would do… Read More »A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

A Murder in the Chicken Yard – A Tale of Attempted Cannibalism

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By Elizabeth Russell A few years ago, my family briefly lived on a farm, and besides giving our chickens very weird names, we learned many odd things about the species that we had never realized before. One was that chickens are gruesomely fond of eating each other after one is dead. Here below is a brief thought experiment about what goes on in the chicken yard and in the empty, blood-thirsty minds of the chickens.… Read More »A Murder in the Chicken Yard – A Tale of Attempted Cannibalism

The Classic I Never Knew

Brave New World In January at the beginning of the year, I was staying with a friend in New Hampshire for a couple weeks and browsing her bookshelves. I caught site of A Brave New World, and asked her if she thought I’d like it. As both of us were liberal arts students who had attended the same college together, she was in utter astonishment that I had never read it before. “Will I like… Read More »The Classic I Never Knew