5 things you can talk about when you have company instead of looking at your phone

5 things you can talk about when you have company instead of looking at your phone
I like social media and technology. Both of them have been pretty good to me. I mean, I wouldn’t be in my fourth year working from home if it weren’t for technology. Many of my writing gigs probably wouldn’t have been found if it wasn’t for social media. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if... Read more »

What reading 4 books a week taught me and my favorites in 2018

What reading 4 books a week taught me and my favorites in 2018
I, of course, have to start with the obvious. Reading 4 books a week last semester taught me firstly, that it is indeed, possible. In fact, it’s possible to read over 200 books in a year, which people who have ever served on an awards committee such as the one for the Printz Award, which... Read more »

Putting your worst foot forward

I’m a moody person. Not bipolar, just moody. This is not a fact that even my closest friends are aware of because oddly enough, it usually surfaces when I’m with someone I know more intimately like a boyfriend or someone I feel shameless with like a family member. To good friends, they might perceive it... Read more »
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Nonexpert Advice: Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

As you can probably tell from the title, I am going to give you some nonexpert advice on how to keep your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. Aside from the very banal mantra to eat better, I’m not really one to make resolutions because I don’t believe you need to wait for a certain date or... Read more »

Where Passion and Purpose Meet

I have been away too long so damn finals crunch time, I’m writing a blog post. I’m in my second semester in the library and information science program at Dominican and have gotten lucky enough to land a practicum at Skokie Public Library. If you haven’t been there yet but are an advocate for libraries,... Read more »

Staying positive while having alopecia areata

I joined a support group in 2014. Had someone told me even as early as two months prior to that that I would join a support group at some point in my life, I would have thought it was simply a case of mistaken perception and identity. Some three years ago I started losing hair... Read more »

I don't want to want you to think I'm important

I don’t want to want you to think I’m important. This is a mouthful, but probably more of a mindfuck because this sentence is likely making you spend a tad too much time on it. I’ll put it into a more coherent thought momentarily. First, I wanted to quickly mention a quick factoid. I have... Read more »

When your luck has run out

I want to talk a bit about luck tonight. That elusive four-leaf clover that you find per chance for being somewhere or doing something at the right time. Seriously though, I’ve seen this happen to a friend who randomly decided to pick up a clover while walking and literally plucked a four-leaf clover without intending... Read more »

How to gracelessly watch someone else live your dream

I don’t like to admit this but I’ve been a “comparer” for like five years. Comparing myself to other writers, to others who have their life more put together, to those seemingly doing more… I wasn’t raised this way. Although my mom was hardly present during our childhood because she was working, she brought my... Read more »

When someone you love is prejudiced

Today began differently than most of my Saturday mornings do in which I bask in the mellow steam of a cup of hazelnut coffee. In the process of looking for investment properties, I went to view a building with a couple people this morning on the northwest side of Chicago. On paper, the property looked... Read more »