Since Everyone Else is Talking About It…

It seems I can’t go two days without hearing about or reading about or getting swindled into a conversation about Artificial Intelligence. AI can do so much right now. I saw a video the other day where someone uploaded their resume and a job posting, and the AI created a cover letter, free of anyContinue reading “Since Everyone Else is Talking About It…”

Favorite 2022 Reads

For the last few years, I’ve set the goal of reading 40 books. This is the first year since 2019 that I’ve achieved that goal. I’m happy with that, yes, but the real reason I’m happy is because I’ve finally found what I love to read. I love realistic fiction that offers me a peekContinue reading “Favorite 2022 Reads”

Story Behind the Story: “Speechless”

What if there was a limit to how many words you could speak each day? How would that affect our relationships with others? Would we find new ways to communicate? Would we discover all the ways that already exist? This is the premise of my newest story “Speechless,” published in Dandelion Revolution Press‘s latest anthologyContinue reading “Story Behind the Story: “Speechless””

24 Hour Play Festival

24 hours to write, rehearse, direct, and perform a play. Could you do it? I’ve always loved creative challenges. When I was a sophomore in high school, I dove headfirst into National Novel Writing Month and wrote 100,000 words of a novel during the month of November (I’ve completed that challenge twice since, but withContinue reading “24 Hour Play Festival”

Journaling My Way Through a Pandemic

On March 13 2020, an eerie silence crept its way through our ReStores. There were few customers that day, and those who came stood far away, avoiding eye contact, as if that was how this new mysterious disease spread. And maybe it did? I told my coworker Jerome, “The world is ending!” and he justContinue reading “Journaling My Way Through a Pandemic”

Embrace Your Inner Clown

It all started with Patch Adams. You know, that Robin Wiliams movie from 1998. Have you seen it? (Confession time: I actually haven’t seen it. BUT, it inspired one specific Penn Stater, and the domino effect began.) The movie tells the story of Patch Adams, a real-life doctor who acted goofy, often dressing up likeContinue reading “Embrace Your Inner Clown”

On Identity.

This pass fall, I did a tabling event for Dandelion Revolution Press at a women’s festival. It had a lot of women vendors and benefited a local women’s shelter. There was a woman there selling beautiful jewelry that was meant to be fidgeted and played with. Her business was called Playthings Studio. I was immediatelyContinue reading “On Identity.”

A Long and Windy Road

“It is very rewarding to feel, time and time again, that you are pursuing what you love and exactly where you are meant to be.” This was the last line for one of my assignments this past semester. I had to write an analysis about my experience of shadowing an ESL classroom. I had reachedContinue reading “A Long and Windy Road”

Reflections From A Bride

I’m married!!! Wife. Husband. Marriage. After two months, these words still feel so foreign to me. Like, when did I become an adult capable of making these big life decisions?!?! Luckily, my husband (!!) is my best friend. I know couples say that all the time (and I know everyone smiles and nods and triesContinue reading “Reflections From A Bride”