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A Season of Gratitude

A Season of Gratitude

The Holiday Season is upon us! A time of joy and celebration. A time to gather with family and friends. And, also, a time for inner reflection. I recently read there are at least 37 holidays celebrated around the world at this time of year. Regardless of which one you[…]

by × December 14, 2016 ×

Gathering for a Feast: Holiday Entertaining

Gathering for a Feast: Holiday Entertaining

Gathering for a Feast: Holiday Entertaining Can you feel it in the air? The end of fall is near and the start of the holiday season is quickly approaching. The holiday season means many things to many people. For some it’s a time to reflect and express gratitude, for others,[…]

by × November 16, 2016 ×

Honoring the First Nations:  Literature written by and about Native Americans

Honoring the First Nations: Literature written by and about Native Americans

November, the month for many Americans which signifies the great celebratory day of Thanksgiving, has been designated the National Native American Heritage month since the early to mid-90s. Given the history of the United States and the history of the land upon which it calls it’s home, dedicating a month[…]

by × November 15, 2016 ×

As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

Fall arrives with a shift in the weather, a subtle tick down on the thermometer, a gentle breeze with a hint of icy breath at its edges. We reach for a light sweater, a knitted scarf. We watch the tree branches resist the air’s gathering attack, their leaves drying, browning…falling.[…]

by × September 29, 2016 ×

Fabulous Fall Photography:  Leaf Peeping Tips & Destinations

Fabulous Fall Photography: Leaf Peeping Tips & Destinations

Autumn, the most magical of times for outdoor photography. Location, they say, is everything…yet sometimes you can capture the most perfect image just outside your front door when the light hits just right. And it’s not just foliage that makes fall photography so special. Use water as a source of[…]

by × September 21, 2016 ×

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah

The end of summer, so bittersweet. The air is a little cooler, the days a little shorter. Back to school days ahead, vacation days behind us. Why not make the most of the summer days that remain. Don’t let the season end without fitting in another hike, trip to the[…]

by × July 17, 2016 ×

Summer Music Festivals!

Summer Music Festivals!

The summer music festival season is in full swing! There is nothing quite like dancing in the great outdoors with friends, listening to your favorite bands or discovering some new act or music genre… music festivals have become a staple of summer. It may be your favorite oldie band at[…]

by × June 22, 2016 ×

Understanding through Literature

Understanding through Literature

Why do we as humans fear what we don’t know? Why do we try to tear down what our own experiences have not allowed us to understand? Why don’t we respond to fear and misunderstanding with a search for knowledge? Could it be that equipped with knowledge instead of arms[…]

by × June 16, 2016 ×

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a remembrance of fallen soldiers in the US Civil War. It celebrated the memory of the thousands of Union and Confederate warriors who’d fought and lost all, regardless of their reasons or the ultimate outcome. By the late 1800’s the day became generalized as[…]

by × May 23, 2016 ×