The Sun is Also a Star

24 pages.

That’s all it took for me to fall in love with this book.  Continue reading “The Sun is Also a Star”


Rejected Princesses

Quick, how many important women did you learn about in history class?

Now, think about all the men you learned about.

I bet the names of more men came to you than those of women. The truth is that there is a whole horde of women that you’ve most likely never heard of. In his book Rejected Princesses, Jason Porath hunts down the stories behind these women. Over 100 women are covered, and I’m ashamed to say that before reading the book I had only heard about a few of them. And that was after reading Rad Women Worldwide.

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16 Things I Learned in 2016

As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the things I learned this year. While 2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people, it was pretty awesome for me. We adopted a second dog, I got a new job that is perfect for me, and I traveled a lot. And since everyone loves lists, here are my top 16 things I learned this year. Continue reading “16 Things I Learned in 2016”

Leah’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist

It’s almost Christmas! It’s this time of year when I remember getting the giant Toys ‘R’ Us catalog in the mail (complete with stickers I refused to use and hoarded for other “projects”) and would circle all the things I was even remotely interested in. I knew I wasn’t going to get even half the stuff, but it didn’t matter, the fun part was just looking.  Continue reading “Leah’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist”

Book Review: Habit Changers

This book is not what I expected. With a title like Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals, I was expecting a book that would leave me feeling empowered and motivated to take on any goal I chose. Instead, I got a self-help book covering a bunch of problems I don’t really have issues with. Continue reading “Book Review: Habit Changers”

Christmas Cookie Decorating With Mrs Joy 

One of my goals for 2017 is to blog about more local Lynchburg things. Here’s an early kickoff!

Recently, an amazing bakery, Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats, opened across the street from my office. I quickly became obsessed, and I’ve eaten more of her (delicious) chocolate chip cookies than I care to admit. Continue reading “Christmas Cookie Decorating With Mrs Joy ”

Book Review: Lights Out

Extended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone not living in one of America’s great cities has ever known.
As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is more gradual failure of cell phones, portable radios, and flashlights.
Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere…Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything but drinking, and there is nowhere to replenish the supply. Disposal of human waste becomes an issue within days…

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