A couple of weeks ago, I heard a dean of admissions from the University of Virginia speak on the dreaded subject of the college essay. The gist of his speech?  Be the best YOU. He said, every year he reads countless essays from prospective applicants trying to be who they think UVA wants them to be. Topics like, Thomas Jefferson is my role model. The Louisiana Purchase and me. Why I Believe the Declaration of Independence Rocks! And countless other… Read more »

 Putting the YOU in blogging. A year ago this week I started blogging. Before that, the idea of me blogging seemed practically other worldly, like getting stuck in an elevator with Ian Somerhalder. Just another dreamy idea.  Sigh. But the more hours I set aside for writing, the more the business/public side of this job of writing became apparent.  I’d read an author’s blog, and somewhere in the cramped corner of my mind I’d think:  I might have to do… Read more »

  Two weeks ago, while in the middle of answering emails (and clicking on link after link until I had at least two dozen tabs open that would need to be dealt with), I remembered I wanted to send a birthday package to my twin nephews. So I opened another window and with a few clicks I filled my virtual shopping cart with fun picture books.   And cookies. Animal cookies in a cute yellow school bus box. What four-year… Read more »