Sister, Sister

Did you know there was a day dedicated to celebrating siblings? Yep. April 10th is Siblings Day! Sibling rivalry was abundant in our household growing up. My sisters and I (each with nearly a two-year age gap) had extremely polarizing personalities. At times we were like night and day, hot and cold, oil and water. My older sister was conventional and a rule-follower, a studious learner. My other sister was girly, simple, easygoing, and carefree. And I (middle child) can only be characterized as the Continue reading

The Mighty

A couple weeks ago I read an incredibly thoughtful and introspective post. It was written from the perspective of a retired teacher reminiscing about a student that made an indelible mark on his teaching career. It actually brought tears to my eyes because the story highlighted everybody’s ability to touch another soul without ever knowing their affect on others. I personally don’t know the writer (I follow his blog) but his commitment to teaching and the compassion he had for his students really came through. It touched me greatly because it reminded me of my favourite middle school teacher, Ms. Motsch.

As a young girl, my homelife was Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

halloweenSo we’ve finally (I say this with a hint of tired sarcasm) reached that time of year again, where I watch TV with the remote gripped in my hand, ready to mute or switch the channel whenever a terrifying promo comes on about a horror movie.

When I was a kid, I had Continue reading

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

10382547Cupcake Brown’s memoir, A Piece of Cake, is a literary tour de force- not so much because of her writing (as captivating as it was) but because of her unbelievable tale. Cupcake Brown lets down her walls for the first time, untangling all the lies she’s learned to tell throughout her life in order to protect herself. She jumps through a hurdle of debilitating fear to bring us a fiercely raw, wildly suspenseful, no-holds-barred, and intimate story of how she came to be the woman, motivational speaker, lawyer,and survivor she is today.

Cupcake begins her journey detailing Continue reading

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

This book made me angry. It enraged me and elicited emotions I long buried. Ruth Wariner was born and raised into a polygamous family.  Her mother, the former wife of a church leader who was later murdered by one of his brothers in the fight for power, remarries another church follower.

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Ruth’s engrossing narrative begins here- with Continue reading