What I’ve Learned from Four Years of Blogging

Neptune Your Dial turned four years old in September! This blog has hit some ups and downs, gone through a lot of changes- including a renaming- and grown into something I am very proud of. The process of running a blog and posting regular content can be challenging, especially if you have a full-time life ...

This Week in Liz: Following Curiosity

I went for a hike the other day at a local park just outside of Atlanta, where I only recently began frequenting. My first couple of visits I played it safe, staying on paths as long as I knew I could easily get back to my car. However, there is a five mile hike at ...

The Boston Public Library… *sigh*

Boston has a long history. Not just in the founding of the U.S., but also in literature and the arts. On a recent trip, I stopped in the Boston Public Library’s Central Library at Copley Square. It was built in two parts, the McKim Building and the Johnson Building. The McKim Building drips history with ...

Elon Musk and Victor Frankenstein

Waking up Saturday morning, trying to decide whether to stay in bed or begin checking off my to-do list, I picked up my phone and scrolled through the news app. A New York Times interview with Elon Musk topped trending stories, a frank confession of the Tesla CEO’s recent downward spiral due to overworking and ...

Completing Jane Austen’s Six

I read part of Pride and Prejudice in high school and it did nothing for me. I watched the BBC mini-series in my British Literature class and I thought, Okay, dancing, letter writing, guy bathing… entertaining enough, but not worth examining outside of class. Years later, during my last year of college, I finally decided ...

Literary and Bookish Places in Atlanta

Atlanta might not seem like a literary city, but the home of Margaret Mitchell and a slew of independent bookstores offers many attractions, events and activities for bibliophiles. Georgia State University and Emory University both have highly regarded English programs, growing the city’s bookish population each year. On any given week, established authors can be ...

Monthly Wrap: July 2018

Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about recent happenings and things I’m loving or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has been recently: Feeling Dirty July was a big month on a few levels, but most significantly I entered a new ...

A Day in Concord, MA: Home of Transcendentalism and Classic American Literature

Concord, Massachusetts was a incubator for enlightenment and philosophy during the early to mid-nineteenth century. Key members of America’s transcendentalist movement and other writers called Concord home, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The town is steeped in literary history, reminiscent of ...

Monthly Wrap: June 2018

Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about recent happenings and things I’m loving or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has been recently: School Dayz A couple of weeks ago I started taking a creative writing class at Emory University, part ...

National Geographic’s “JANE” will Awaken Your Inner Naturalist

Jane Goodall has become a figurehead for wildlife studies and an inspiration for learning about the natural world. Her journey as a primatologist began in 1960, when she went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to study chimpanzees in the wild. National Geographic filmed much of her expedition in Gombe. Years later, director and writer Brett ...

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