I’ve spent the last two years and seven months of my life dedicated to finding My Favorite Coffee Shop in Columbus. Just kidding. I barely drank coffee until a year ago and my life is already thoroughly dedicated to Netflix. I can walk to all three of these cafés from home or work, but that … More My Coffee Shops
The French Girl by Lexie Elliott falls squarely into the genre of “Girl in the Title Gets Murdered or Does the Murder or Investigates a Murder,” otherwise known as Psychological [Thriller] Fiction. A group of Oxford graduates goes on a trip together to a family vacation home in France. Friends, lovers, or both, the group … More The French Girl by Lexie Elliott
What you’ll here the most when you talk to Portlanders about their beautiful, tree-lined city, is that in Portland it’s always, “gotta be different, gotta be weird.” There’s weed in the beer, no fluoride in the tap water, and an attendant will pump your gas like it’s 1957. Keep Portland weird, indeed. For as much … More The Water Tastes Better in Portland
Anne Rice needed an editor. The Witching Hour is the first in a trilogy about The Mayfair Witches and it’s a decidedly delicious romp through New Orleans. After 900 pages, however, she’s only just getting started. If you’ve ever read 900 pages only to be left with a veritable cliffhanger, you know it’s incredibly frustrating. Rice’s narrative … More The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Fresh from completing my Master’s (or is it Masters?) degree in Art History I had some pretty Hot Takes on the whole process, as you can read in my August 2015 essay, Grad School: One of Life’s Terrible Jokes. In the winter of that same year, I polished off my follow-up Masters in Library and Information … More What I Learned in Graduate School
While writing the original blog post – New Orleans: City of Vice [& Virtue] – about our trip to New Orleans in January, 2018, I struggled to condense my thoughts and feelings about the Food. So, I didn’t. Here is a post dedicated entirely to New Orleans Food (and beer). As a crossroads of culinary … More Cajun, Creole, and Dat Dog
Elizabeth Kostova is an author of place. When I read The Historian, which I highly recommend to any fan of history, travel, and a dash of the supernatural, I was besotted with Eastern Europe. Her vivid descriptions of the intersection between East and West in places like Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest and her journey into … More The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
At 300 years old this year, New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most enticing cities in America. “The most Northern city in the Caribbean,” NOLA boasts a Euro-Caribbean flavor steeped in blood, ghosts, and rolling good times. She’s rough-and-tumble but generous, hip but not aloof, she’s Southern but not a Lady. In this city, … More New Orleans: City of Vice [& Virtue]
Today, I want to help elucidate what it is we Librarians actually do. Public libraries are different from academic university libraries, school libraries, private libraries, museum libraries, and none of these are archives. I work at a standalone – we have no branches – Public Library in Ohio. Our community is landlocked by the larger … More What Even Is A Librarian?
Over the last few weeks at least a quintillion wonderful, creative, intelligent women got engaged in the United States. I have the privilege of being Social Media Friends with at least three of them. This morning at 5:00 AM, I was struck with inspiration to write to those recently engaged women who I admire and … More So, You’re Engaged!