The social media news that I’ve been hearing recently is teens are leaving Facebook. My knee jerk response: I’ll come with you. Facebook is not my favorite way to connect online.   Instagram is a way to connect via your pictures   According to a mediabistro article, my attraction to Instagram is due to a desire to escape from Facebook. It’s kind of true. I mean I’ve been on FB for two years, but still I feel like the… Read more »

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 »