The Welcome Table: An Annual Online Thanksgiving Meal

[Melissa stands up, taps her fork against her glass, and clears her throat. The conversation around the table dies down, and she suddenly knows how Dumbledore feels as he delivers his Welcome-Back-to-Hogwarts speech. She considers, as always, growing a long white beard before next year’s meal....more

#MicroblogMondays 65: Modes of Transportation

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States....more

Island Farewell

I knew before I clicked over which island in the Chesapeake Mental Floss was referring to, though I sort of hoped that the magazine was mistakenly writing about Holland Island, which sank into the bay years ago, the final house collapsing recently into the water. But no, they were writing about how climate change is […] ...more

571st Friday Blog Roundup

This has been a hard week to stomach social media and politics and opinions of the general public. It’s not that I haven’t observed disturbing statements on Facebook prior to this point, but I’ve been more disillusioned with politicians and citizens in general when it comes to discussion concerning the Syrian refugees. These are people […] ...more

How to Get From Thanksgiving to New Years When You’re Not in the Mood

I’ve written a post like this every year, bringing together all the advice from the years before (my own and what appeared in the comment section) and then opening it up to additional ideas (which will be brought next year into the new post as well). Because this time of year can be both impossibly […] ...more

How to Choose the Perfect Emoji for National Unfriend Day

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is... emoji. Actually, it's not just the word emoji. It's the pictograph of a face sobbing tears of joy. Why that one? Because it turns out to be the most used emoji across the world. It's sort of the perfect emoji for today, National Unfriend Day, a day for you to go through your social media lists and untangle yourself from the people who bring you down. What started as a Jimmy Kimmel joke has evolved into its own social media holiday. ...more
You have NO idea how excited this makes me. Now I have an excuse to clean out my FB with No ...more

The Empty Beach

Josh and I went to the beach for our anniversary....more

#MicroblogMondays 64: Best Invention Ever

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* This hoodie is a portable back massager....more

Hagrid and Magic

So the twins and I read Harry Potter together on a continual loop....more

570th Friday Blog Roundup

Enough time has passed that the vast majority of people who watch Doctor Who have gotten to the last two episodes of Doctor Who — “The Zygon Inversion.”...more