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The stream, the trees, the words

The stream, the trees, the words

Last month I received a scholarship to attend Writer Camp, a yearly retreat for writers put on by the folks at literary journal Barrelhouse. It. Was. Awesome. The five days away from the stresses of work, ongoing renovations on my house, dealing with my dog’s degenerative condition, and the general stress of being me in...

On home and being homesick

On home and being homesick

Pittsburgh has been my adopted city for more than a decade now—for basically my entire adult life. I love the city’s geography, the number and quality of parks and cultural attractions, my job at the library, and the comfort that comes with extreme familiarity. But I still get homesick. My family is from Coatesville, a...

“You’re too young for [fill in the blank]!”

“You’re too young for [fill in the blank]!”

People tend to read me as younger (sometimes much, much younger) than I actually am. So, while I am a 30-year old who has been working since the age of 15, has 1.25 master’s degrees, and owns her home, a lot of people think I’m 22, have just graduated college, and have no idea how...

#FridayReads: The Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie

#FridayReads: The Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie

Just yesterday I finished reading the Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie. I enjoyed every second of it, and am excited to learn that a new entry in the series comes out in September, right after my birthday! I’ve felt a bit out of the sci-fi loop for not having read this series since it...

Punk Rock Gardner

Punk Rock Gardner

Working in the garden is meditative. There’s the endless pulling of weeds, checking vegetables and flowers for signs of insect infestation or fungal infection, repairing damage done by small animals or the weather, pulling more weeds. I like the physicality of these tasks: the strain in my back and shoulders, the flexing of muscles, the...