Book Nerd at a Book Festival

“Grab all the books!” I shouted to my daughter as we jumped out of the car. We had arrived at NoVa Teen Book Festival, and we had books, many heavy books, to be signed. It was time to fangirl it up. My top list from this event: Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi and Dhonielle Clayton. Smart,... Continue Reading →

Post-Apocalyptic Darkness

The wind howled through tree branches with an intense vigor, rattling the windows. Inside, homes were dark and powerless despite the glare of the sun outside. This was #Windmegeddon, an unlikely name dubbed by overly enthusiastic meteorologists for our latest Nor’easter, and it stalked the Eastern Coast of the United States, from North Carolina into... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Dark Matter

Please enjoy the book summary (from Goodreads) followed by my mini book review in the form of a list of five questions. Spoilers ahead, beware. The summary of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch from Goodreads: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.... Continue Reading →

Girl Power in Black Panther

Greetings to you, readers! I give to you what I loved about the four women in Black Panther, the recently released Marvel movie that hit the silver screen in February 2018 (if you haven't heard of it, come out from under that rock). First I will concede that Black Panther carried the day, and ultimately,... Continue Reading →

My Happy Place: Ask Me Another

Last week I attended the live recording of one of my favorite NPR quiz shows: Ask Me Another. When I heard the show was coming to Washington DC, I squealed with delight and added tickets to my cart as Christmas gifts. This show is a quiz/puzzler/trivia show, so it's not political game show (like my... Continue Reading →


Ding! My phone alerted me of a text from Elizabeth: Jan 24, 2018, 6:12 pm Monday Feb 5 is the lobbying day 9:30-1:00. Lets do it! I read and reread this text message and I squinted my eyes, trying to remember what I had agreed to, and when had I agreed to do it. Had... Continue Reading →

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