Living

I’ve divided the content on the site into three main categories: Living, Writing, and Teaching. However, as one might guess, when you’re a writer and a teacher, those callings permeate every aspect of your life. Nevertheless, for the sake of the tidiness of the site, I’ve attempted to compartmentalize.  The “Living” section of the site, therefore, contains all content not directly related to Writing or Teaching.

Mainly, there’s a lot about family and motherhood, the books and pop culture I love, a healthy obsession dose of Superman-related fangirling, and (if you go back far enough) more than you’d ever want to know about goat farming.

Just click the underlined post title to read more. Enjoy!

We Can Be Heroes

I didn’t mean to give you a David Bowie earworm with that title, so sorry. Please read on nonetheless. In the kind of world we live in today – one where we wake up to news of crazed gunmen and mass murder – we need to champion the good in people. We need to acknowledge […]

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Welcome Home, Spidey

Spider-Man: Homecoming is an apt title for Marvel’s first movie adaptation of the character since working out a rights deal with Sony. But that’s not the only thing that’s perfect about this movie. (Not perfect as in Wonder Woman perfect – because that’s a whole other ballgame – but perfect nonetheless). Since discovering that Spider-Man […]

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No Wonder

I’ve been so busy with the launch of my book and planning Wonder Boy’s 10th birthday party, that I just realized I never posted about Wonder Woman. No worries though. It’s not like the internet needs another review of the movie. You all know it’s fantastic already. So this post is really not *about* Wonder […]

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DC-Area Extras #dcchristmas

Saying there’s so much to do in the DC area is probably the understatement of the millennia. But there’s even more than just museums and monuments and memorials, oh my.  Here are a few of our highlights: We spent a morning in Georgetown … And walked (down) the Exorcist Stairs and stepped back in history […]

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DC-Area Dining #dcchristmas

The other day an old friend asked if I had any recommendations for places to eat in DC, and it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about our Christmas trip dining adventures. And it’s almost February. Ah, life and priorities. So, if for no other reason than posterity … I struggled a bit with […]

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DC-Area Museums and Government Locales #dcchristmas

Continuing with our #dcchristmas trip … The Smithsonian Institution maintains 19 museums and galleries, plus the National Zoo, in the DC area. Thus, we knew before we even arrived that we’d barely make a dent in that number. The newly-opened Museum of African-American History and Culture was operating on a ticketing system while we were […]

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DC-Area Monuments, Memorials & Other Historical Sites #dcchristmas

Our trip to DC was filled with awe-inspiring history. Just walking down the streets felt almost sacred in parts. It made me wonder how much people, particularly those who live and/or work in the area daily, become immune to it. We spent an afternoon at the National Mall and could have easily spent days: Lincoln […]

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Throwing Holiday Traditions Out the Window? #dcchristmas

The holiday season that ends one year and ushers in another is often a time of tradition. I think most people would say they have some sort of Christmas tradition, whether it be a big feast and fellowship with family and friends or something smaller, like marathon watching A Christmas Story or It’s a Wonderful […]

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Exploded Eggs

Have you ever exploded an egg? I have. More than once. Yeah, I didn’t learn from my mistake the first time. In case you didn’t already know this, if you boil eggs too long – like so long all the water is gone, then they’ll explode. Seriously, the egg gets so hot on the inside […]

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Star Trek Beyond

I guess I’m a Trekkie at heart. I grew up watching the original series on late-night reruns, could recite the intro monologue complete with Shatner-esque pauses, and wanted to be Mr. Spock (pointy ears and all). Truth be told, while I love all things Star Wars now, I’d never even seen its original trilogy until […]

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Out with the Old, In with the New

May is a time of endings and new beginnings; this truth is never more evident than with high school and college graduations. But even without a current graduate* in the house, we’ve had our own share of endings and beginnings this month.  (Technically, Bryan graduates in July with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice!)  Truth be […]

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Faith Required

Remember that saying about best laid plans? I feel like this is the story of my life. I recently made a decision (much like flipping a coin but it took a lot of debating in my head) as to which writing project I was going to focus on. See, my problem isn’t lack of ideas […]

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Updated 4/1/16 (see below). Yesterday was the day I’d been waiting for with mixed emotions: the premiere of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Thrilled to once again see my beloved superhero on the big screen; anxious at the possibility of him being relegated to second best by that annoying bat. Don’t get me wrong: […]

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If Cars Could Talk

I think we’re all feeling a little nostalgic about Aunt Bee. Not the original Aunt Bee. See, that’s what we call the van.  She’s getting on up there in years and, with her dents and dings and moans and groans, she always seems frazzled and on the verge of breaking down. But, nevertheless, she always […]

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A House Divided

A lot of noteworthy stuff happened this weekend: It was Valentine’s Day. The 13yo attended his first school dance (and actually had fun). We went to a local restaurant’s grand opening (and wine tasting, ftw!). Justice Scalia died. I won a door prize at a health fair (seriously, I never win anything). We saw Deadpool […]

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