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Post-Holiday Recovery Books…I Need to Read to Return to Normalcy

Don't get me wrong. I enjoy the holiday season. But by December 26, I am feeling a full-on holiday hangover and need a cure...

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What Happens When You Mix a Writer’s Imagination With Holiday Decorating? Unicorns and Poor Engineering (aka, Bookmas Tree 3.0)!

Can a girl who loves to make Christmas trees out of books use cemetery flower holders, chicken wire and duct tape as the base of a wonderful "bookmas tree"?? Uh, no. But she'll have fun trying!

My Rules of Book Giving & Books That Make Great Gifts

Personally, I love to get a book as a gift. However, giving someone else a book can be daunting...Here are some suggestions for making it less so...

How I Spent My Holiday Break: Binging on Books

As I flitted around to various holiday celebrations, I started to notice a trend, people like to talk about their latest TV binge obsession. I like to binge TV too, but over my holiday break I binged something better. I binged books!

Dragon Tales and Carnival Fails

It's the season of the carnival. And this weekend I had one goal and one goal only: brave creaky carnival rides. Seems simple. It wasn't.

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Moments of the Holiday Season

So, it's now 10 days into 2017. (10 already? Time goes so fast!) I'm back to my relatively regimented schedule of working, writing, laundry, cleaning, etc, basically, all the stuff of a peaceful daily life. Once we (the proverbial "we") get back in our routines after a vacation or big event, I think we can start to forget all the great memories we've made. They get buried under all the new things we're doing, like an old photograph that gets lost in the bottom of a box for years or maybe forever. So, before I forget them all, I want to document my top 10 best moments of the 2016 vacation holiday season (in no particular order)!

A Story in Everything: The Quiet Nobility of Leading a Good Life

I'm a a sucker for a good angsty, teen TV show. And I'm not afraid to quote them. "Sometimes happiness doesn't come from money, or fame, or power. Sometimes happiness comes from good friends and family, and from the quiet nobility of leading a good life." Today I embraced this idea.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve: Kranes Family Cookie Party Edition

'Twas the day before Christmas
And the house was a mess
But it was no big deal
Because the cookie party was a success

Walking in a Winter Wonderland of Lights

When I was in NYC, I got caught right between Rockefeller Center Saks 5th Ave just when their holiday light show started. I was in a hurry and in no mood for a light show. But, I had no choice because of the clogged streets to stop and watch. And, you know what? It was super cool. And, it made me want to see more. So when we get home to Northern Virginia, I was really happy to my parents got us tickets to the Meadowlark Park Winter Walk of Light.

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