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May 17, 2019

A few months ago, I thought BTS stood for "behind the scenes," the word Army meant a country's land-based military unit, K-Pop was music I rarely listened to, and my obsession with bands was limited to the Beatles and U2.  As I sit here in my Chicago hotel room with my...

August 28, 2018

The other day, my 12-year-old daughter and I were having what she affectionately calls, "Snuggle Time."  This was an idea she came up with . . . a time when we can reconnect without distraction, usually cuddling in one of our beds.  All electronics are put aside.  The...

July 22, 2018


This started as the Prologue of my book.  After many revisions and edits, I felt it was best to cut this from my manuscript, but I still cherish the memories contained in these paragraphs.  This is how I will always remember my grandmother, not as a survi...

October 2, 2017

This morning, my husband got my older daughter out the door for school then came back into the bedroom where I was slowly stirring.  Soon, I would be waking my younger daughter for her class camping trip, giving her breakfast, making sure everything was packed, and sen...

March 12, 2017

Growing up, my grandmother's small ranch home in Cleveland was like my second home.  My parents, brother, and I would pile into our station wagon to visit over the holidays, braving the cold and snow, and singing, "Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's...

February 26, 2017

I remember the first time I truly fell in love with books.  I was in the fifth-grade, and like the rest of my class, I was excited when my teacher announced we would be having a pajama day in honor of National Reading Month.  Our class was allowed to wear pajamas to sc...

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