Someone recently challenged me by asking why I wasn't following my dream. This may come as a surprise to those of you who know that I launched my own writing and editing business earlier this year. This means I get to do the work I love with my dog Gracie by my side, wearing slippers and sipping coffee in the comfort of my home. Sounds like a dream, right?Read More
Summer is officially over, which is fine with me. Cooling down with the arrival of fall is one of my favorite things to do. But first, I wanted to shareRead More
Last Friday, my grandma Lucille would have turned 95 years old. I lost three grandparents in one year, and when I actually stop and reflect on this, I'm overwhelmed by what their loss means in my life.
I've always enjoyed talking with older adults, starting with my grandparents. Now that they're gone, I've become obsessed by the idea thatRead More
Do you find yourself perplexed about when to use "whom" vs. "who"?
Are you more concerned about the fate of "whom" than the Mayweather-McGregor smackdown scheduled for August 26?
Do you own a tee-shirt like the one shown above?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, please read on. Otherwise, there's plenty of other megafights you can read about.Read More
It's Get Caught Reading Month! The Association of American Publishers claims that the observance is celebrated by booksellers, teachers, librarians and celebrities, but I think anyone can get caught reading. Even my dog Gracie.
I figured a good place to do this would be at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, a local gathering I've attended several times. After leaving Gracie at home with a stack of good books, off I went.Read More
Going to college in St Andrews, Scotland, was a privilege in so many ways, but one of the things I'm most grateful for is that I learned how to mop floors.
Every spring cleaning season, I reminisce about my days spent cleaning the Aslar Guest House. On Saturday mornings, I cleared out breakfast dishes, cleaned the dining room and dusted/vacuumed/mopped the six bedrooms. Except it's called hoovering, not vacuuming, in theRead More
A sculptor, a baker, and an animator. No, this isn't the start of a bad joke. Or even a bad pun.
It's my introduction to a podcast I've loved listening to lately. If we've spoken in the last few months, chances are that I've mentioned Don't Keep Your Day Job.
I started listening to this podcast when I still had a day job andRead More
Not even 5 days after I left my day job, my work best friend (she calls herself my work spouse) emailed me about running a 5K with her.
She knows I don't run. She, on the other hand, does Bar Method for fun, which has always sounded like torture to me.
I've never liked running. It's why I joined the softball team to get my gym credits in high school — we only had to run 2 laps. And even those were brutal. ButRead More
The question of originality is a hot topic right now. With digital content making information on just about any subject accessible at our fingertips, it can be easy to read up on a topic and present those findings as universally known fact without ever citing the sources. Or to combine a stock photo with a funny quote, and voilà — your own “original” meme … despite what Getty Images may have to say about it.Read More