in the footsteps of my heroes

I keep a running list each year of every book I read, writing down the titles as I complete them. There's a definite theme in 2017: almost all the books I've read have been about World War II. And thanks to all my reading (and watching!) I've gained three new heroes and role models who I've come... Continue Reading →

Mini Movie/TV Reviews for the summer

Summer is, to be perfectly honest, my least favorite time of the year. The heat is sticky and smothering, and school is out...which means there isn't nearly as much structure as Yours Truly normally enjoys. I'm remembering some words of wisdom my World War II-veteran friend told me last week at church, though. When I... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: “Wonder Woman”

"I am Diana, Princess of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta...and in the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world is over." With that line, Wonder Woman pretty much guaranteed her cinematic future. If box office sales over the past few weeks are any indication, people are gonna line up to see Justice League in November just so they can... Continue Reading →

Worth Fighting For

It’s like in the old stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered . . . Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had... Continue Reading →

Happy V-E Day!

It's May 8! It's Victory In Europe Day! On this day 72 years ago, World War II ended in the Western Hemisphere. V-J Day (Victory Over Japan) and the ultimate conclusion of the war would come a few months later, but May 8 was (and is) still a day of celebration and thanksgiving. I love these photographs. Look at... Continue Reading →

Books, books, books!

Eva Joy tagged me in this fun bookish tag! Thank you, friend! 1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? I just moved all my Dear America and Royal Diaries off my bookshelf and into a "common bookshelf" upstairs. I'd had them in my room for...gosh...fifteen years, at least? I've definitely outgrown them at this point, but I'm keeping... Continue Reading →

patched-up hearts

  I found this little comic on Tumblr this morning and, I confess, I shed tears over it. There's nothing more terrifying or paralyzing than betrayal, especially after people you trusted have already taken a few chainsaws to your heart. You just don't want to share any intimate part of yourself with anybody ever again...because what's the point of being... Continue Reading →


Enjoying: Spring! We've had a very mild winter. In the past that would've irritated me, since I normally prefer distinct seasons (not to mention a chance to wear my cozy sweaters)...but after that one weekend not too long after Christmas, when the temperature hovered around freezing during the day and we, like a bunch o' crazies,... Continue Reading →

My Own Silver Anniversary (heehee)

Guyyyyyyys, I turned 25 on Friday. I'm a quarter of a century old! And oddly enough, it doesn't give me an "ewww" feeling anymore. 25 is a very nice number. It has a very...grown-up ring to it. I had an absolutely lovely birthday, too. My parents took me and my little sister Lillie out for a special day... Continue Reading →

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