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| Checked Out: April Book Review |

“Circe,” by Madeline Miller, was recommended to me by my fellow bookworm sister-in-law; While I was in Florida last month, sitting poolside while slowly but surely inching toward the end of “Romanovs,” she was devouring page after page of this mythological tale. She rattled off the premise of the book and I had my doubts… Continue reading | Checked Out: April Book Review |

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| All Out. |

I just completed my book review blog entry and had every intention of clocking out at 1,350 words. I am tired, utterly exhausted and yet, as I scroll up and down my main homepage I am struck by how impersonal my blog is, how safe my posts are and how disconnected they remain from the… Continue reading | All Out. |

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| Checked Out: March Book Review II |

I had the most miserable ride into work today. No, it was not the traffic or the weather or the fact that my car still smelled like puppy after our weekend road trip. I had to pee. I know that this is a strange way to begin a blog entry, but I speak the truth.… Continue reading | Checked Out: March Book Review II |

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| Checked Out: March Book Review |

My favorite childhood movie, without a doubt, was the animated tale of Anastasia, released in 1997 by 20th Century Fox. My sister and I watched the VHS on a monthly basis for years- we knew all of the songs, adored all of the characters (with the exception of Rasputin) and appreciated the whimsical storyline once… Continue reading | Checked Out: March Book Review |

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| Checked Out: February Book Review |

If you haven’t been able to tell by my previous blog post, New Orleans was a place that left me spellbound, captivated by the surrounding sights and intrigued to learn more about the history of such an eclectic, eccentric world. I picked up Gary Krist’s “Empire of Sin” at the “Librairie Bookshop” on Chartres Street;… Continue reading | Checked Out: February Book Review |

Uncategorized, | Wandering Beyond The Neighborhood |

| Swooning Over The City: My New Orleans Top 10 |

Some of my longtime readers may remember the blog entry that I posted last year about traveling with my best friend. When we were younger, the two of us used to venture everywhere together: Providence, Rhode Island for junior high shopping trips. Charleston, South Carolina for college tours. Las Vegas, Nevada for bachelorette parties and… Continue reading | Swooning Over The City: My New Orleans Top 10 |

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| Checked Out: January Book Review II |

It's a cold, snowy night in Virginia and I am compelled to cozy up with a blanket and jot down a few thoughts about the book I just finished, "More Than You Know," by Beth Gutcheon. The story unfolds in Dundee, Maine; An old woman confides in the reader immediately by declaring an eery revelation:… Continue reading | Checked Out: January Book Review II |

Uncategorized, | Health, Wealth, & Happiness |

| Gold Pen Geode Dreams |

For our first-year wedding anniversary, my husband bought me the calligraphy kit that I had added to my Amazon cart months prior as one of my “paper” gifts. It was wonderful and I couldn’t wait to create beautiful signs and hand-write greeting cards and make table assignments with gold pens on vibrant geodes and… Practicing… Continue reading | Gold Pen Geode Dreams |

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| Checked Out: January Book Review |

My goal was to read twelve books in 2018, a feat that I have not been able to accomplish for several years. Although I am disappointed that I didn’t quite cross the finish line, I am still proud of the strides that I made in not only reading, but reviewing and recommending ten books over… Continue reading | Checked Out: January Book Review |

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| Sit & Stay A While |

We are now fourteen days into 2019: A bright, sparkly New Year. Where have I been, you ask? I suppose that I can share the truth: The holiday season swept me up and dropped me in a Radio City Music Hall Rockette line-up where I could do nothing but smile, point my toes, and kick… Continue reading | Sit & Stay A While |

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| Checked Out: October Book Review |

“Best. Day. Ever.” I sent those three words and a picture of Mitch Albom’s book, “The Next Person You Meet In Heaven” to my best friend, just two days after the novel arrived on bookshelves. We exchanged words of giddy elation, sent a few dozen exclamation points back and forth before I put my phone… Continue reading | Checked Out: October Book Review |