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Graduate Guidebook to Pompous and Highfalutin Jargon

Dear Reader, There’s no place like an institute of higher learning to make one feel like an utter buffoon. In my eighth year of post-high school education, I’m still building my proficiency in the language of professors and graduate students. In this post, I’m going to present a short list of words that I have... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Guess what! I am writing to you with parchment and quill (okay, pen and paper) like a Victorian-era protagonist. With a pen in hand and notebook on lap, the words are springing to you without the aid of a dictionary or a thesaurus (gasp!). For those of you who have read part 1... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 1)

Dear Reader How many of you would like a weekend to totally unplug? …I wouldn’t! I love technology and all that it has to offer, but I realize that I may not be in the majority on this one. Regardless, incidentally, I willingly walked myself into a no-tech (or rather “low-tech”) situation. With a group... Continue Reading →

[Review] Psycho

Dear Reader, I bet every television/movie-watching American adult has seen at least one parody of the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece “Psycho.” My first “Psycho” mockery came packaged as child-friendly, comedic content —Bugs Bunny. In this scene from the 2003 live-action film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” Bugs is in the shower, when... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Mackinac Island is a hidden gem in the Midwest. Tucked in the northwest corner of Lake Huron, the island can be the perfect vacation spot for those in search of coastal charm and rustic living. In part 1 of this post (more here), I described the (somewhat complicated) journey one must take to... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 1)

Dear Reader, Thinking about the American Midwest does not usually inspire visions of horse-drawn carriages and turquoise waters. Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mack-uh-nah”), Michigan, however, is not your typical Midwestern destination. Situated on Lake Huron right across from the Mackinac Bridge, joining Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, lies Mackinac Island. Just 3.8 square miles and home... Continue Reading →

Growing and Remaining

Dear Reader, Would you rather get the hard stuff out of the way quickly or just wait until it comes? Before my professor could finish her sentence asking for volunteers to write the first response papers for next week, my hand and several others had already shot up in the air in an attempt to... Continue Reading →

Michigan’s Little Bavaria

Dear Reader, When was the last time a place made you go “wow!”? For me, this happened when we traveled 90 minutes northwest of Detroit to the little city of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Frankenmuth is no ordinary place. After driving through miles of fields and farmland, we were confronted with a giant, arching sign printed with... Continue Reading →

Pit Stop in the Motor City

Dear Reader, Would you ever consider vacationing in Detroit? For me, the answer isn’t “no,” exactly, it’s more like… “perhaps…”. Now that I am in Detroit, I see that like any major American city, there is a lot to do here! When determining your Detroit getaway, here are some things to consider: Detroit River Price.... Continue Reading →

An Adequate White Sangria Recipe

Dear Reader, How many times online have you seen people advertise “the best” or “the perfect” recipe? These labels have become so ubiquitous that often I find myself looking at recipe ratings (out of 5 stars) and ignoring the titles altogether when searching for a good recipe. When looking for a sangria recipe, I found... Continue Reading →

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