Short Story #1

As part of my commitment to write more I’ve started attending a Writer’s Group at my local public library. I attended my first one a few weeks ago. We are given a prompt and then 20 minutes to write whatever we want about the prompt. I have no clue if this is any good, but for accountability I wanted to post it anyway.

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My Pandemic Experience

When asked on a Collective Trauma webinar in February to share my experience with the pandemic, I paused. Literally where do I start. And how do I condense it into just a few sentences to share in the zoom comment box? I couldn’t reduce it to just that. But I had to write it out – so fair warning tl/dr!

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Firefly Lane Netflix Review

On Feb. 3 Netflix released Firefly Lane, based on a book by Kristin Hannah. I’m a purist when it comes to my favorite books emerging onto the screen. I loved the Firefly Lane book. Like sat in my room and cried, love. I have liked all the Kristin Hannah books. Although they are often so long I find myself begging her to get on with it about 75% of the way through! I REALLY wanted to love the show.

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Book Review: Becoming

I kicked off 2018 by finishing Claire McCaskill’s memoir Plenty Ladylike, so it’s only fitting to close out the year with another inspiring woman in politics – Michelle Obama. Her book, Becoming, was by no means a quick read for me. There was SO much going on, so much to think about and take in. I already knew Michelle was amazing, but this book shows how really, really amazing she is, but also how human she is. Continue reading

You didn’t get the job…now what?

The dreaded email has arrived. You applied, got through the phone interview, killed the in-person interview, online personality test, whatever else and you were SURE you were getting it, right? Yep. I’ve been there too. It sucks. You invested emotionally in the process, you manifested this opportunity and you let yourself picture what it would be like to work there. I am so, so sorry. What do you do now? The next steps are important for you both personally and professionally. So here are some of my suggestions…

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Celiac – it’s not a dietary preference, it’s a disease

In November 2013 I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. This is a severe allergy to wheat and gluten. I get a lot of questions when I tell people I have celiac – “What CAN you eat?” or “How do you survive?” or “How did you know you had it?”

To answer the first two questions – I eat a lot of meat, rice and veggies. I just have to be careful with seasonings and sauces. And I am surviving a lot better than I would be if I was still eating wheat.

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My Unintentional Year of Personal Growth

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve moved twice since college. The first was a small college town in Central Illinois. I’ll admit I talk a lot of shit about that little town. No good mall – but lots of places to eat. Lots of growing families starting their lives and obnoxious college kids – not a lot of young unmarried professionals planning their career. Actually most of the young unmarried professionals I’ve known that are on the fast track in their career have moved somewhere else within 3-5 years of living there. It was somewhat diverse, but mostly white.

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