In Honor of the Oscars

… I decided to re-visit a post I wrote a while back about my favorite movies. I don’t see nearly the number of movies I used to, but I still have a fondness for watching my old favorites. There’s something comforting about curling up on the couch with something you’ve seen a dozen times, reciting […]

Workplace Etiquette 101

If I’ve learned one thing during my 14+ years of working with office co-workers, it is that you would be surprised just how many people need a lesson in basic etiquette in the workplace. My case in point: the communal candy jar. I am one of those people who always has on her desk a […]

Wordless Wednesday: Oreo Pudding Cake

Oreo Pudding Cake 1. Prepare a chocolate cake mix of your choice and bake it according to package directions. I used Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake mix. 2. While the cake is cooking, prepare two boxes of Oreo pudding mix. 3. When the cake is done and still warm, spread the pudding mixture on top […]

Come Fly with Jennifer Niven and Velva Jean

This post was originally published on Great Thoughts on February 8, 2012.  When Jennifer Niven began her writing career several years ago, she never dreamed she’d capture the hearts and imagination of readers with a young 1940s woman named Velva Jean Hart. Now Velva Jean and Niven have gone places they never knew possible. While […]

To Be Leah …

I attended an amazing writing workshop by author Drusilla Campbell. Aside from a great discussion of her newest book, Little Girl Gone, Drusilla gave so many great writing techniques. The first writing practice we did was called the “To Be” practice. Essentially, you use the words “To be” at the beginning of  seven sentences to […]