Whatever Happened to the Scarlet Ibis?

Dear Reader, Last night, I caught myself remembering a scene from a game show. In “Cash Cab,” the game show host drives through the streets of New York City posing as a taxi driver. When unsuspecting customers get into the cab, they are surprised to learn that they have a chance to answer a series... Continue Reading →

[Review] Committed

Dear Reader, Standing up and exchanging “I do’s” in front of family and friends is a moment many dream about. The decision to marry is a joyful and highly anticipated one, at least, it is for most people. When Elizabeth Gilbert and her Brazilian boyfriend, David find themselves in an interrogation room at the Dallas-Fort... Continue Reading →

[Review] In the Dream House

Dear Reader, Domestic abuse comes in all forms, yet U.S. law and popular culture primarily focus on physical violence that men have committed against women. While this description of abuse is prevalent and serious, it does not encapsulate the problem. What is missing from this narrative, however, is the wide spectrum of abuse including emotional,... Continue Reading →

I Do… Not?

Dear Reader, I have hopelessly fallen down the rabbit hole of reading memoirs that deal with complex relationships with one’s self, romantic partners, and society. A common topic that has cropped up in every single one of these stories is marriage. Perhaps this is not surprising; all memoirs that I have recently read feature female... Continue Reading →

[Review] A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

Dear Reader, If you are married to someone who has cheated on you, you may harbor hope deep down in your heart that your partner will change. If you are married to someone who is suffering from an addiction, you will do anything in your power to help your partner get help and recover. However,... Continue Reading →

Pandemics Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Dear Reader, Do you come from a big family? If you are an American, statistically speaking, probably not. In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the average family consisted of 3.14 persons in 2019, which is tiny, considering the size of the average household in 1850 was around 5.5. I was thinking about these numbers recently... Continue Reading →

[Review] Madame Bovary

Dear Reader, Have you heard of Madame Bovary? If not, the internet will inform you that Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 work is actually one of the ‘greatest novels of all time.’ Intrigued, I decided to read an English translation of the French work and I must say, I’m not sure what all the hype is about.... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Stranger Beside Me

Dear Reader, There are some books so compelling that you think about them even when you are not engrossed in their pages and long after you close them for good. Unfortunately, I don’t think this would be a very accurate description of the book The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule. That was harsh, and,... Continue Reading →

Jack is a Dull Boy

Dear Reader, When was your last vacation? This question became a topic of conversation at my last staff meeting as we were reminded to take our accumulated vacation time. Interestingly, it seems that at my work, many of us are neglecting to take vacations, which seems a bit odd. Nearly all companies offer their employees... Continue Reading →

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