Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy: A Book Review

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way. – Anna Karenina, Part I, Ch. I So begins Tolstoy’s 800-page saga on life, love, and the complexity of the human person. Anna Karenina has long been given the auspicious title of “the greatest novel of all time,” and after spending […]

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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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The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare: A Book Review

The year is 1687, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond tells the story of Kit Tyler, a young 16-year-old from Barbados who moves in with her aunt and uncle in Connecticut after the death of her grandfather. While she is used to having sunshine, freedom, and a prolific education, she is more than shocked to […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: November

A barren month, filled with dying leaves and frost-covered grass, November has its own strange and empty sense of beauty. This month’s musical selection is anything but that! Although rather eclectic, I hope it adds a little flair to your fall-to-winter transition… 1) Symphony no. 9 in D minor (‘Choral’), op. 125, 4: Presto, by […]

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Some Coffee Shop Poetry…

I’ve loved poetry ever since my 3rd Grade teacher had my class do a project on “Poems That Touch My Heart.” We had to rewrite our favorite poems into a kind of scrapbook, with corresponding artwork. Later that year, we created many of our own poems which were compiled into a big commemorative book of […]

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