Category: Just Life

22 Things I Learned as a 22-Year-Old

This week I turn 23, so I decided to take some time to trace the last year and come up with a list of various things I learned (or discovered, or experienced for the first time) while I was 22. I’ll admit, I stole this idea from another blogger (from whom I’ve been reading for…eight […]

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This Year, “Make Perfect Your Will”

Writer and teacher Jonathan Rogers shared a perceptive, persuasive short post on his blog at the close of 2018, encouraging his readers to approach the new year with a new mindset—one that prioritizes “process” over “results.” Though his post was chiefly aimed at writers, I think his insight applies to us all. I recommend his […]

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One Year in the Dragonfly Study Center!

In 2017, we officially moved into our new office building on the first Monday in November—one year ago today! It’s crazy to think that twelve months have passed since then and to look back at year-old pictures and see how much the building has changed. I put together a 60-second video with lots of pictures […]

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National Author's Day

National Author’s Day 2018

Ever heard of National Author’s Day? Me neither, until recently. About a week ago, I learned that November 1st is a national holiday set aside to honor authors, and right away I knew I wanted to celebrate it here on the blog. Put simply, the stories I read as I grew up shaped my soul. […]

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Poem: “The Month of August”

August always feels like a fast, flurried month. No holiday gives it special significance; summer is practically over, autumn rushing in to take its place. It’s a month of transition, and as such, I find it easy to overlook. August acts as a kind of bridge between vacation season and study season, rather than being […]

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Stars and Stripes

Go watch fireworks. Take your family. Celebrate freedom and a place to call home. In other news, I’m sporting my semi-patriotic Kittywham shirt in the office today (red, white, and blue, you know…and the “punch” looks explosion-ish, right?). I’m not writing a real post today because July 4th. Be back next week with a Super […]

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The Writing Process: Pen or Keyboard?

I often hear the question, “Do you write your scripts by hand first, or do you always type?” It’s a common enough debate among writers, and I’ve heard pros and cons for both approaches. On the pen-and-paper side, you have the advantage of a more physical connection with the words, which engages your mind and […]

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What They Did While I Was Gone…

The Dragonfly Study Center has been a work in progress for many months now, ever since we moved in last fall. We’ve made improvements bit by bit—uprooting bushes, painting shutters, installing a new sign. But one project we’d been planning since October but couldn’t tackle until warmer weather arrived was repainting the gables under the […]

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Last Week in Oxford

I’m home! (After what felt like a very short three weeks!) I’m thankful both to have gone and to have come home. Now that the long weekend is past and I’m back to work, I’m finally able to post the last of my photos from the final week of my trip. I’ve uploaded a whole album […]

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Week #2 in Oxford

My second-week post is a bit late due to WiFi issues earlier in the week, but better late than never, I guess! So technically this is “Week Two-and-a-half in Oxford.” Over the last ten days, my sister and I went punting, strolled through lovely parks, had a picnic in the backyard, experienced formal hall at […]

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