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High Noon – A Short Story

The following is an excerpt from a short story I wrote for the 2016 Winter Writing Contest hosted by Short Fiction Break. The theme was “Two Worlds.” This story won first place for fiction. Click here to read the full story. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Plan Your Reading in 2017—Plus My Reading List for the Year

plan your reading 2017

If you’re like most people, you bounce from book to book haphazardly. What you read from month to month and year to year is simply not something you really sit down and think about. Or maybe you’ve gone through a season without reading any books at all.  If that’s the case, you’re definitely not alone: Continue reading

My 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Happy almost New Year!

Before 2017 begins, I wanted to do a quick overview of the past year. All in all, 2016 was my best year yet in terms of blogging. I published a total of 40 blog posts, the total number of views doubled from the year before, and the total number of visitors nearly tripled.

To everyone who reads this blog: thank you! Knowing that there are more readers out there than just my mom and dad is incredibly encouraging to me. (No offense, Mom and Dad.)

Now, without further ado, here are the top 5 blog posts from 2016:

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The Best Books I Read in 2016

One of my favorite annual traditions is looking back on the year and the books I read. All told I read about 24 books this year. (I think my goal was 30.) But I must confess: I abandoned a lot of books I started to read. (Don’t worry, I didn’t count them in that list of 24).

Starting a new book when I know I’m already at max capacity is one my favorite guilty pleasures. But because of that, I  relearned a valuable lesson: Don’t try to read too many books at once. It’s not sustainable.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the seven best books I read in 2016 (note: none of them were published in 2016): Continue reading

e.e. cummings on Giving Thanks for All Things


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

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