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Be Kind. Kinder Than Ever: Your Neighbors and Strangers May Be More Stressed and Sad Than Ever Before

You know that moment. Where you’re waiting in line. A long line. And you’re bored. And you’re aggravated. So you pull out your phone and tell the world, via social media, that the line at Such and Such Coffee Co. or This Particular Fast Food Joint, is long. Or that they got your order wrong. […]

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Why We Have One Car: Or, Why We’re Embracing the Frugal(er) Life

I’ve been meaning to write a post about what it’s like to have one car for a while. The other day, someone asked a “how the heck do you manage?”-type question, so I thought I’d share. Maybe not so much the “how,” but more of the “why.” When my husband’s car broke down last spring, […]

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Helix Education’s The Enrollment Growth Playbook Offers Sage Advice for Higher Education Professionals in Admissions, Marketing, and Advising – A Review

  You can tell a lot about a book’s author by its dedication page. Sometimes authoring a book is collective effort of experts, such as in Helix Education’s The Enrollment Growth Playbook: How to Launch, Market & Grow Successful Online & On-Campus Programs. The dedication in this orange, bound guide reads: To those who believe […]

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A Reflection on 2017 – A Year of Personal and Professional Success… Despite Much Loss

(I shared a modified version of this post on Facebook earlier today; thought I’d also share on my blog.) This year. Where do I begin? 2016 was one of the most personally and professionally rewarding years of my life. It also was one of devastating, seemingly unending, loss in my family(ies). I had some dark […]

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15 Minutes and a Tissue: Meet Jenny Hill in ‘One Hoops’, a documentary – People I Know

She smiles with her whole body. That’s how Jenny Hill describes hooping. She’s a multi-talented, multi-hooping machine, and she performs in schools and on the street, at burlesque shows and private parties. She gives lessons. She wows people. With everything she does, really. Hooping is just one of Jenny’s many talents, and it was the […]

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They Have Different Meanings: What You Need to Know if You Blog

This post will be short and sweet. With an emphasis on sweet. I’m calling out the sweetness of this post so you know, dear reader, that this is not meant to be snarky. But it’s just something I didn’t know how to say to people in person, so I thought I would write a quick […]

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How to make a single cup of coffee when you seem to need it most – A break-time blog post

Maybe it was the rainy day that fogged by brain, but, today, I discovered a new DIY trick. Here it is:   How to make a single cup of coffee when you seem to need it most A DIY Guide Noon-ish: Arrive at office. Walk into kitchen and turn on coffee maker. Starts heating. Get […]

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Smiles, Squirrels and Strangers: Life Lessons & Scenes from a Stroll

One of my favorite parts of living the freelance life is that I can move at a slower pace.  I don’t need to be at the office at any given time. And I can walk there. I can avoid the rush, the stress of traffic and lights that makes being in a hurry worse. Instead, […]

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Interview with Erika Funke and ArtScene on WVIA Public Media

I was delighted to be invited to the WVIA studios to spend some time with Erika Funke, who hosts the popular daily ArtsScene segment. We talked about my education and varied career a bit, but the real focus of the interview was on creative nonfiction, Hippocampus Magazine and its upcoming, inaugural creative nonfiction writing conference. […]

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HippoCamp: The ‘Lost’ Interview About Our Creative Nonfiction Writing Conference

Several months back someone asked me to respond to some questions about HippoCamp, the creative writing conference I’m planning with Hippocampus Magazine. The interview never ran, and I was a bit bummed. But I also know that things like this happen in the writing world; heck, that’s why kill fees exist, right? (Out of respect, […]

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