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Best Laid Plans Sometimes Go Awry: My Not-So-Perfect Visit to the National Book Festival

The National Book Festival...a day of long lines of disappointment and pleasant surprises.

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My Non-Escape From DC…How I Had a Unique (and Fun!) Vacation Without Leaving Home

20 minutes: How long it takes to drive from my house to the border of Washington, DC...7: Number of days I spent on my staycation.

Frankie Says Relax…But I Can’t!? Even on Vacation! #writerproblems

Two weeks. That's my vacation time every summer. Two glorious weeks free of work and calls and stress...Just kidding. That never happens...

Surprise! Parades Are Actually Fun, At Least When There Are Cherry Blossoms and Dancing Involved

The concept of a parade does not thrill me...

Return to the Women’s March

As I waited on the metro platform the day of the first Women's March back in 2017, I was filled with a heady mixture of bewilderment, anger and the overwhelming desire to scream. One year later I'm heading back for the 2nd March filled with different emotions...

Forget Black Friday, For Book Lovers It’s All About Small Biz Saturday

Baby, it's cold outside. What better way to stay warm and walk off all those Thanksgiving calories than going to the mall? OK, now scratch out "mall" and replace it with "local indie bookstore" because this weekend it's Small Business Saturday AND Indies First. (Insert squeal of joy.)

The Real Reason I Love a Good Renaissance Festival

There is very little "Renaissance" in a Renaissance Festival. A better description is Middle Ages meets Middle Earth with a lot more retail stores and a lot fewer boils and sores. That's not to say I don't love a good Renn Fest!

Monday Blog: A Tale of Two (Indie) Bookstores

Independent bookstores, like people, have their own personalities. That's why I prefer these stores to the cavernous and cold Barnes and Nobles of the world. Going to a new indie bookstore is like making a new friend. And I made two recently in Washington, DC.

Ten for Tuesday: 10 Great Books Featuring Inspirational Teachers

This weekend in Washington, DC, there will be a march. Shocking I know. This is a good one though. It's a march for public education. In honor of the cause, here are 10 great books about inspirational teachers, the lifeblood of our public education system.

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