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Book Review: Seed

With Halloween right around the corner, I find myself looking for reads that are more grotesque than I normally enjoy. More often than not, I am disappointed by contemporary horror. I am drawn to things that are more realistically scary than the sparkly vampires and werewolves of recent popularity.

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Perspectives

Coming Clean

I knew I liked girls before I knew liked boys and I clearly remember the day I discovered this truth.

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Book Review: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

Paulette Mahurin’s The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap was not a great book by any stretch of the imagination. It really could have been stellar, but it fell short for me.

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Perspectives

Photographic Memory

Once upon a time I was a photographer. Semi-professional.

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Perspectives

An Open Letter to All Coworkers

Several weeks ago, I fell on the ice and sustained a fractured and sprained wrist. Per instructions from the radiologist that I saw, I was to restrict my lifting for 4-6 weeks. Being a veterinary technician, it is quite difficult to work around my inability to lift anything more than two pounds for that long, […]

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Book Review: The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with Tracy Engelbrecht’s memoir, The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No. Being a childless woman in her mid-twenties, I wasn’t sure how I would relate to a book about Engelbrecht, who found out she was going to be a mom when she was fourteen. I figured it would just […]

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Writing

I Don’t Want to Be a Writer… But I Am

I don’t want to be a writer but I can’t stop writing. That’s a lie. Let me start over…

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Book Review: The Monster of Florence

Castles. Murder. Money. Conspiracy. Sexual Rituals. Devil Worship. Truth.

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Travel

True Perspectives, or To Each His Own

Standing inside the main dining room in Windsor Castle, we stared in awe at a dining room table that must have been 30 feet long at least. 

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Science

Tall Tails: Let Sleeping Kittens Lie!

This week, I received a question via email about the veracity of the common wisdom of not picking up stray kittens. My answer is thus: Let sleeping kittens (and puppies) lie!

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News

News Brief: Stodghill vs. Catholic Health Initiatives

Nearly everyone on the planet has been subjected to the abortion debates. The slogans are heard on cable news, in church, at clinics such as Planned Parenthood and on college campuses. The idea that a child is conceived and is a person from the moment sperm meets egg is a central truth in the Christian […]

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Book Review: Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?

Carrie Nyman’s debut novel Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me? is historical fiction based on letters her grandmother, Honey, received from her husband, Don Shepard, prior to and during World War II. I enjoy historical fiction, especially that surrounding WWII, and I downloaded a copy of Nyman’s first novel over Memorial Day weekend in 2012. Her […]

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Science

Tall Tails: Debunking Animal Myths

“If you see a baby bird that has fallen from the nest, don’t pick it up! If it smells like humans, the mother won’t come back for it!” Who has heard this before? How many of us have stopped a worried child from helping a baby bird back into a nest? Guess what? It is […]

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Book Review: Pretty Little Mistakes

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that were so awesome when you were younger? Not too long ago I found one for grown-ups. When I came across Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton in my library’s used book store I was immediately intrigued. I loved those books as a kid (who didn’t?) and the idea of reading […]

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Planning for My Children’s Future: Supporting Universal Healthcare

Healthcare has been a hot button issue lately. There are complaints from the public about paying for the healthcare of random strangers. The owners of Hobby Lobby have complained that the law causes them to go against their morals.