The Hope of Easter

Easter has long been my favorite holiday. As a girl, I loved picking out a new Easter dress, dyeing and hunting for eggs, and getting Easter candy. I love early spring with its daffodils and tulips, fresh air and warmer temperatures. I love the colors of the season, the sunny days and rainy days. The most important thing that I […]

My Favorite Place

Originally Published April 2018 The library. A magical realm where everything is possible. A place of quiet where imagination is unbound. A repository of knowledge where questions are answered. As a girl, I wanted to live in the library. As a woman, I still feel the same. I can imagine a small room with a comfortable bed to sleep in, […]

My Hallmark Obsession

Ah, Hallmark Channel, how I love thee! The movies on Hallmark and its sister-channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, are my innocent pleasures. When I need a break from the pressures of day-to-day life—which is often—I like to tune into a good, clean romantic comedy or cozy mystery on one of these channels. I’m pretty sure my husband can tell my […]

5 Books That Have Had an Impact on Me

For as long as I can remember, I have been a reader. I think I’ve always been in love with words. Books are a way for me to escape my ordinary life, but I’ve also realized that I use them as a way to learn about people—their personalities, their cultures, their origins. A famous line from the film Shadowlands says: […]

The Jane Austen Problem

Originally Published October 2017 I discovered Jane Austen during my sophomore year of high school, but not because of assigned readings in English class. In high school I had a crush on Hugh Grant and was excited to see him interviewed on a morning news show. He was promoting Sense & Sensibility. I had never heard of the book or […]

The Inimitable Flavia de Luce

Flavia de Luce. I first met her in 2011. She reminded me of myself at her age—a girl too smart for her own good. She made me laugh out loud with her quirks and unabashed self-praise. Sometimes wise beyond her years and sometimes every bit an 11-year-old girl, her way of looking at the world was a refreshing change. Years […]

Discovering Amy Macdonald

I first learned about Amy Macdonald in Denmark in 2012. I walked into a music store with my parents and sisters and saw a large poster on the back wall promoting her album Life in a Beautiful Light. I had never heard of her before, but since I stopped listening to music radio stations in the mid-aughts, that didn’t mean […]

The Trouble with Favorites

As an English major, one question I am often asked is: “Who is your favorite author?” I hate that question. I assume that the person asking has no idea what it’s like to study literature. If I went into college with one favorite author, I certainly didn’t come out with one. I like to read a variety of authors in […]