Paper with pen writing "I am a writer," with the graphic text: I am not an imposter and neither are you.

I am not an imposter, and neither are you.

I am a writer. I know this because it is written in green dry erase marker on my mirror in two languages. It is a constant reminder of who I am and who I want to be. I need the reminder because no matter how many poems, short stories, blog posts, web sites, letters, social […]

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Banned Books Week

I Stand with the Banned

Today marks the end of Banned Books Week 2019. While the week might be over, please do not stop reading. Books provide us a safe place to explore our world and our beliefs. We can get to know people and places without ever leaving our home. Books are magical and words are powerful. For the

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2019

CENSORED! One of my favorite classes to teach was called Banned and Burned Books. Most of my students were not aware that censorship of books happens in the United States; they felt it was a problem in other countries, but not here. It is such a problem in the U.S. that there is a week

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Arenal Volcano

Hiking Arenal Volcano

Hiking a volcano was not on my bucket list, but it should be on yours! My entire goal for my last trip to Costa Rica was to see a sloth, which I did and wrote about earlier, but who can say no to, “Do you want to hike a volcano?” Well, I can’t. Clouds hung

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Kayaking on the water

My Inaugural Kayaking Trip

Paddle, paddle, paddle – wipe, wipe, wipe – was my mantra during my first kayaking trip. It was my cousin’s idea that we should start kayaking and I am always up for trying something new, especially if it involves the outdoors and exercise. An added bonus is that it is a water activity. Because of

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