Feelin’ Alive at 25!

Just a little photographic celebration of the fact that I am now a quarter of a century old! God has blessed me so deeply, and given me so many wonderful gifts over the past year, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for my 25th year! “You can, you will, be […]

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A Reflection on Sunflowers

“I find comfort in contemplating the sunflowers.” Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. I’ve loved them ever since I was small. As they towered above me, cheerfully standing guard by the front porch, I was mesmerized by their yellow petals, tall stalks and large leaves. My mom and I would watch […]

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Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys: A Book Review

Don’t freak, dear reader! This has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Gray! I’ve often wondered why World War II has become such a popular historical fiction topic in recent years, and I’ve come to only one sensible conclusion. It is simply that the men and women who lived through it are dying, slowly […]

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne: A Book Review

NOTE: There are spoilers in this article, so if you haven’t yet read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I’d suggest doing that first! I’m sure every adult, let alone every parent, has run into the roadblock of having to explain a tough subject to a curious little one. Kids are uncannily perceptive, and just […]

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A Hidden Sanctuary: Thoughts on My Trip to The Met Cloisters

As the leaves start to fall one by one, and the golden slowness of my summer routine fades away, I’m recalling the lessons and observations that I picked up during my visit to The Met Cloisters in July. We’re already halfway through September, with the autumn and winter holidays closer than we’d like to admit, […]

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