Category Archives: Reviews

Thank You To All Guest Bloggers!

Dear Reader/Guest Bloggers, I just want to take a moment to thank all of the guest bloggers that I’ve had on this site for the last month. When I put out a call for guest posts, I wasn’t sure how many responses I would get. I was thrilled to see that there were so many… Continue Reading

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Back From A Break

Dear Reader, I always feel awkward writing these “where I’ve been” blog posts, because that assumes that anyone really cares where I’ve been in the past few months—and arrogance is an ugly color to wear. However, since I have an opportunity to recognize a really cool website, I thought I would take a few moments… Continue Reading

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How Watching “Iyanla: Fix My Life” Can Make You a Better Writer

Dear Reader, No, this is not an official advertisement for Iyanla: Fix My Life, nor is it a disorganized mess about how wonderful this show is (at least, I will try my best not to turn the post into this). There is something that is really great about Iyanla: Fix My Life. Perhaps the fact… Continue Reading

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The Lighthouse Award. Or: What Does It Mean to Help People?

Dear Reader, Thanks to the brilliant Aya Walksfar (if you haven’t read her work, please do), I was recently nominated for a Lighthouse Award. Here are the guidelines: 1.) Display the Award Certificate on your blog. 2.) Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you. 3.) Inform your nominees of their… Continue Reading

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What Makes Great Art Great?

Dear Reader, Sometimes, as I have mentioned before in this blog, I read, watch, or listen to artists that I find interesting. Usually, an interest in their work is the initial trigger. This was the case with Michael Cunningham. (Just to plug his work for a moment, if you have not read The Hours, I… Continue Reading

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Double-Feature Review: The Pumpkin King Meets The Extravaganza

Dear Reader, Please forgive me for what I am about to admit to you. Though it’s a sin of practically unforgivable proportions (or so I’ve been told), I’ve never seen Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen the posters, I’ve even listened to sections of “This is Halloween”, but despite… Continue Reading

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The Golden Months: December

Dear Reader, Alas, the last of the Golden Months are here. But that’s okay, because this is one of the best. Thanksgiving is over, which means everyone that participated in cooking the Thanksgiving feast can now enjoy a life free from the kitchen—at least until the leftovers are gone, Christmas music can now be played (at least… Continue Reading

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The Golden Months: November

Dear Reader, November is upon us. We are halfway through the golden months (if you consider September through December to be the four golden months, which I do). By this point, the children who collected their treats on Halloween are now either recovering from their sugar high/sugar crash or having candy bar lunches for the… Continue Reading

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The Golden Months: October

Dear Reader, Assuming you have looked at a calendar (digital or paper) in the last four days, then you know that the days of October are here! In October, things are starting to get a little colder, but also there is some progression from the previous month. The children and teachers are back in school… Continue Reading

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How Dishonest is Too Dishonest?

Dear Reader, Sometime last year, I wrote a blog entry entitled “How Honest is Too Honest?”, which dealt with some of the trappings and criticism that comes with releasing a memoir. I’m exploring that same topic today, but using the reverse side. Instead of looking at a book that received doubts because of how much honesty… Continue Reading

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