All in the Family

By Sara Boyle, intern

I love a good family story. Maybe because it checks all the boxes that grab a reader: true grit, fascinating characters, and thrilling plotlines. The storyteller in me not only loves finding out more about where my family came from, but hearing about other people’s roots as well. Growing up with my Irish father and southern Jewish mother, I can’t help but be fascinated by genealogy and the tales unearthed with a little bit of research on one’s past. 

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Trolls and Fairies and Sticky Toffee Pudding, Oh My!

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Fairy tales often ignite our imaginations while also teaching valuable lessons. Thistle Downe follows the enchanting story of Tyson, a young troll, in his quest to overcome the hardships of his early life in order to better himself and to be with his love, a fairy named Amelia. Set in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, a place rich with folktale culture, this story demonstrates that you can rise above any obstacle with determination and creative thinking (and maybe a little sticky toffee pudding).

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To Love or Not to Love?

By Casey Froehlich, intern

Many magazines and self-help books will claim that they can give you a guaranteed, step-by-step plan to make any man fall in love with you. They want you to believe that love is simple, and that you are the only one who doesn’t know embarrassingly obvious secret to romantic bliss. You might even begin to believe them as you hear friends and family talking about big plans for Valentine’s Day while you are on your own, or maybe in a relationship that has lost a little of its heat. But don’t.

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Cook up a Super Bowl Fiesta

By Kyndall Krist, intern

Let’s face it, the Texans didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some delicious Tex-Mex to your Super Bowl party this year. Whether you want to spice it up with some salsa or cool down with a margarita, Elizabeth Stone’s An Invitation to Entertain: Recipes for Gracious Parties has you covered.

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Moments that Matter

By Kate Sanford, intern

When we have indescribable moments, moments we want to wrap up and save for later but just aren’t sure how, photography can be a trusty, though tricky, tool to use. Capturing the emotion of the moment—a live, experiential moment—on a rectangular, two-dimensional piece of paper is difficult. No one knows this better than parents. Every mother and father wants to capture their child in the various moments of growing up, but the practice of doing so, and doing it well, often seems out of reach.

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“Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti”

By Akshaya Iyer, intern

As back-to-school preparations rear their ugly head, you might find your little one suffering from a serious case of the mid-school year blues. It’s that unnecessary and unfulfilling period of the year that just draws out- not quite exciting and fresh like the fall and not nearly as fantastic as the end of spring, as summer draws near. With Christmas over, and Science Fair around the corner, keeping your child’s attention and interest is a tough job.

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Drop and Give Me 5 Pounds

By Aries Jones, intern

Is “eating healthier” one of your resolutions for the New Year? Well, you’re not alone! In fact, the act of dieting and exercising is among one of the top ten New Year’s resolutions Americans make every year. This isn’t hard to believe considering the fact that the New Year follows two major holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas. More often than not, on these two days of the year we are surrounded by a buffet of food. The only way to make ourselves feel better about the mouth-watering homemade stuffing and double fudge chocolate cake is participating in shameless healthy eating.

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O Writings of Comfort and Joy!

By Annie Gallay

We all know Christmas is coming, its arrival signaled by every one of our senses. Radio stations and stores alike have been blasting carols since before we carved the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Starbucks has substituted cream-colored cups for crimson containers. There’s the scent of cinnamon, the taste of eggnog, the feel of ancient ornaments in our careful grasp as we trim the token tree. We’re all prepping for peace, love, and joy. We behave our very best, bursting at the seams from generosity and a fair portion of holiday ham. Merriness comes easily for an entire month.

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Read it and reap!

By EJ Freeburn

In today’s fast-paced culture, it feels impossible to find the time to read anything other than a status update on Facebook, a Twitter feed, or the ticker at the bottom of the television screen. But if we can find time to aimlessly scroll through feeds and updates, then surely we can find time to devote to reading a book—even if it’s just a few pages each day.

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Open Hands, Open Heart

By Akshaya Iyer

It’s November and Thanksgiving is drawing near. The foliage is speckled with crimson and yellow, there’s a crisp chill in the air, and we’re bundling up in sweaters and scarves to protect ourselves from the frigid cold. The year is almost over and it shows.

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