Love and Ruin

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain is a beautifully written historical fiction that follows one of Ernest Hemingway's wives, Martha Gellhorn through her early carrier and marriage. It is a story within a story that sucks you in and pulls you along on an emotional journey. I picked up this book while in BAM!, drawn… Continue reading Love and Ruin

Free Press = Free People

In today’s society it seems to be a trend to want to blame somebody when things go wrong. All too often we see the news as the scapegoat but what we don’t realize is that news is a complicated creature, especially in today’s society. True journalism is a tool in the checks and balances system… Continue reading Free Press = Free People

Adventures are Comprised of Moments

Life is divided into moments. Some are small. Some are big. Some make you cry. Some make you laugh. Some just make you pause and think. All of these moments, even the painful ones, create the beautiful, complicated, individuals that we are. When we are young, we look at the “adults” around us and think… Continue reading Adventures are Comprised of Moments

Stuck on Words

Stressing over a paper you have to write? Not sure where to begin? Worried it’s not making sense or even good? Or still stuck in that place where you stare at the blank screen with no clue what to write?  If any of this sounds familiar, here are a few tips that might help you… Continue reading Stuck on Words

Memories in the Midst of Chaos

I saw a commercial last night that depicted a frazzled dad driving around a van full of lively girls after a soccer practice. The girls were animatedly talking in the vehicle while the father sat in the drive-through waiting for his time at the window. Almost instantly I felt my heart break a little as… Continue reading Memories in the Midst of Chaos

Teachers of Influence

I have heard it said that it is at the end of something that you reflect upon the beginning. As I wrap up my final semester in college, I find that I look back over the professors I had and note certain ones with a warm fondness that is not credited to others.  It may… Continue reading Teachers of Influence

Government Standoff: Not a Game

The most recent government shutdown has me shaking my head with shame. This is the third shutdown this year (it is marked by the start of the closure) and has the potential to be the longest one in history. But while Congress continues on with their pay for acting like spoiled children, thousands of innocent… Continue reading Government Standoff: Not a Game

Four Thousand Years of Resolutions

Bringing in a new year is celebrated in different ways and with various traditions that range from eating grapes at midnight to good luck meals new year’s day. However, there is one tradition that has been with us for nearly 4,000 years – New Year’s Resolutions. According to History.com, setting new year resolutions can be… Continue reading Four Thousand Years of Resolutions

“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me”

Since Trump’s election to office, a fair amount of attention has been on immigrants and the immigration process. From building a border wall between Mexico and the United States to the separation of parents from children, there has been no shortage of media buzz both for and against what is taking place. Desperate to learn… Continue reading “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me”