Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

During my trip to Walt Disney World in March, I had the pleasure of attending the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It was the cherry-on-top to an already great trip. In its 25th year, this annual festival brings springtime flora and fauna to Epcot visitors in Orlando. Complete with garden displays and unique organic ...

Monthly Wrap: April 2018

May the 4th be with you… this April wrap-up is coming a little late, but thanks for tuning in! Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about the things I’m loving, find interesting, or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has ...

Lost in Space Season One Review

Netflix’s 2018 Lost in Space series reboot has an episodic feel as the characters find themselves in a unique conflict each episode, similar to the 1965 original, while characters struggle with their isolation and each other throughout the season. This is a science-fiction survival story, reminiscent of The Martian, with unfolding backstories told through flashbacks, ...

Eight Books that Informed my Writing

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” -Stephen King Sometimes it feels like storytelling must be mixed with my blood because I’ve been doing it my whole life and I can’t seem to shake it. Maybe there is something inherent that inspires me to write, ...

My Ten Favorite Walt Disney World Rides

I recently completed my first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as an adult. My last trip to “the happiest place on Earth” was as a fourteen-year-old kid- back when Disney’s Hollywood Studios was called MGM and way before Star Wars or Avatar had anything to do with the parks. This trip allowed ...

Monthly Wrap: March 2018

“Monthly Wrap” is my monthly post about the things I’m loving, find interesting, 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: Savannah I took a trip to Savannah over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend to visit family and enjoy ...

Short Story Pick: “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El–Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” tells the tale of Tabitha, who must walk through seven pairs of iron shoes, and Amira, who sits on a throne atop a glass hill, which she cannot move from. Each woman lives in her own personal prison, but life gets a little brighter when they happen to ...

The Mirror of Erised: What is Your Heart’s Desire?

The Mirror of Erised presents one of the most notable and symbolic moments in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry stumbles upon the mirror one night, stowed in an unused classroom. When he looks in the mirror, he finds the image of is parents standing with him. Returning night after night to view the ...

Recycled Metal Sculptures in Las Vegas

Their website advertises crystals, gemstones, fossils and exotic belts under the logo, but Kalifano in Las Vegas offers something even more unique- although, to be honest, they had me at “fossils”. Founded in 1912, Kalifano brings rare and novelty items to Las Vegas shoppers via their stores in The Venetian at the Grand Canal Shoppes ...

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night: A Tale of Africa and Aviation

Reading Beryl Markham’s memoir West with the Night, I was swept up in a fantasy of a dream life in early 20th century Kenya. The book paints images of a childhood running through the farms and plains of Africa, hunting with indigenous people of the region, an independent young adulthood as a horse trainer and ...

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