“The Words We Found to S(t)ay” – A Poem for Educators and The Importance of Building Their Own Emotionally Charged Libraries

We all have a story that we carry.  Some stories may be structured as scary.  But no story is entirely merry.   Sometimes we don't feel like the pages of our stories fit neatly within the realm of the world. That there is no room for the edges of our pages to be curled.  That … Continue reading “The Words We Found to S(t)ay” – A Poem for Educators and The Importance of Building Their Own Emotionally Charged Libraries

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Why Writing a Novel Can Feel Like Running a Marathon

I've always been writing stories. When I was seven, I wrote a book called The Squirrel and the Greedy Ravens (I even made the cover and everything). It was a children's book about a plethora of greedy ravens that took all of the food from the forest goers each night. It wasn't until a clever … Continue reading Why Writing a Novel Can Feel Like Running a Marathon

How Talking to Strangers Can Be a Good Thing

I know what you're thinking. Are you crazy? Didn't your parents ever teach you not to talk to strangers? Yes, but as an eight year old girl I didn't internalize the warning as something that might actually save my life one day, and I'll never forget the day that changed my inexperienced and trusting approach toward … Continue reading How Talking to Strangers Can Be a Good Thing

Why Knowing How to be Single is More Important Than Knowing How to be in a Relationship

On Valentine's Day of my senior year of college, I went and saw the movie "How to be Single" with one of my best girl pals from childhood. We were both single and down on love and figured it would be the kind of strong, independent female "chick flick" pick-me-up that we needed. On the … Continue reading Why Knowing How to be Single is More Important Than Knowing How to be in a Relationship

Why Black Sheep Know How to Fight the Wolves of the World

I've always felt like the black sheep in my family, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Or should I say "baaaa-d" way. Okay, I get it. My puns are terrible. Moving on. Since I was five and started obsessively drawing unicorns after watching The Last Unicorn dozens of times, I have always … Continue reading Why Black Sheep Know How to Fight the Wolves of the World