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Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

A little glitter can turn your whole day around.Barbara Park Growing up, I was fortunate to have strong female figures and encouraging male figures in my life, all pushing me to be the best version of myself. Books are my place of happiness, for they create worlds where I can interact with loud outspoken characters … Continue reading Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

5 Ways to Protect Pollinators During Pumpkin Spice Season

Summer is nearing the end and change is on the way. A welcome change. Isn't it ironic that autumn brings cooler temperatures, yet a warm color pallette? I'm ready to welcome cinnamon, apple cider, mums, flickering candles, and pumpkin flavored everything. Fall is coming whether you like it or not, and with fall comes winter. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Protect Pollinators During Pumpkin Spice Season

The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

I originally wrote this article for Arts Help. You can find the original publication HERE Bullet journaling has been available for decades; however, it was not until the last few years that it became a widespread trend. Geared towards those who are more on the creative side, bullet journals lend themselves to a custom organization … Continue reading The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

Looney for Loons

Do you have a place from your childhood that as an adult you long for when you're in need of comfort? For me, that place is New London, New Hampshire on Little Lake Sunapee. It was on this lake where I learned the peace of nature. The peace of steady rainfall, the languid lake waves, … Continue reading Looney for Loons

Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

A cookie originally made to last a long time and soak up wine...sounds good to me! In the U.S. this traditional Italian hard cookie is referred to as biscotti; whereas in many regions in Italy it is called cantucci. Biscotti comes from a small city in the Tuscan region of Italy called Prato. The cookie--cantucci … Continue reading Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

Little Women

About 13 years ago, on my 10th birthday, I opened my first copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the full length--465 pages. I will admit, I read the first half of the book at least 5 times through until reading the entire book. Like a high school sweet heart I fell … Continue reading Little Women

My First Afghan Blanket!

In 2017, on Halloween weekend or "Halloweekend", I met Tristan Moore at Juniata College. We have been dating since the Spring of 2018. JC is the place we met and fell in love. Last weekend Tristan officially graduated from Juniata and I got to finally walk for my 2020 graduation. I knew for a while … Continue reading My First Afghan Blanket!

4 Reasons why Pollinators are our Friends

Do you like coffee? How about sweet summer blueberries? Chocolate. How much do you like chocolate? Hmmm...what about modern medicine? If you love the above, you should be a HUGE cheerleader for pollinators, because without pollinators, we wouldn't have the lovely plants that feed us, support our ecosystems, keep the Earth healthy, and heal us. … Continue reading 4 Reasons why Pollinators are our Friends

The Surprise in the Icing

I will always remember any holiday or family celebrations as happy times and SWEET times. Tables overflowed with mouthwatering desserts: sweet yet savory chocolate chip cookies, tangy zuccherinis, simple pizzelles, Grace's (aka Mom-Mom) filled cookies, rich chocolate crinkles, cream puffs you drool over, cannolis bursting with sweet ricotta, gorgeous Easter egg cakes, and at least … Continue reading The Surprise in the Icing

Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle

A memoir about star crossed lovers, self discovery, and family love, Untamed by Glennon Doyle is a book for posterity. It is a memoir that should be used as a tool for empowerment and encouragement for all women. Doyle's memoir was published early in 2020 right before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, but that … Continue reading Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle