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This is the traditional season of celebrations. Graduations and weddings fill our calendars this time of year. In my own and my extended family, there are eight birthdays starting at the beginning of May and ending in mid-June. This is the time when we prepare for vacations, reunions, and outdoor gatherings. But, this year we […]

One of the highlights of my childhood was going to our public library with my own library card and signing up for the summer reading challenge. Admittedly, I had grand goals of filling in all those lines. I did read. A lot. I just don’t know that I ever filled in every line. I might […]

We are nearing the halfway-point for 2020. Perhaps it’s the understatement of the year to say that the first half of this year has been anything but normal. Many things have happened. Many things have not. Many things happened we never imagined would happen. Many things we wish never had. Yet, I realized something as […]

When I wrote my post last Monday, I had no idea what else would be lost in the days since then. It is difficult to see the gains when senseless acts destroy life, disrupt order, decimate property, disturb peace, and diminish grief. I will repeat myself and ask, Are we more concerned about what we […]

Memoir: a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. Usually memoirs. an account of one’s personal life and experiences; autobiography. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society. a biography or biographical sketch. Here are my Top 7 […]

Today we remember. We remember those who died to protect our freedom, to win our rights, to preserve our lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. We acknowledge those who survived. We salute those who continue to fight on front-lines. We support those who suffer from their wounds whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. We reflect […]

Recently, a fellow bibliophile and friend challenged me to list seven of my favorite books. It is a challenge to pick only seven, and the list is somewhat subject to change depending on the genre. So, I’m going to expand my list to include the other genres. But, first, these are are my Top 7 […]

Four Stars Reminiscent of Unbroken and Beneath a Scarlet Sky, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell recounts a nearly-unbelievable, true-life story. Virginia Hall was perhaps the most unlikely person to be a spy during WWII, and not only because she was a woman who rose beyond her rank and station. Overcoming personal odds […]