A Visit To An Arts & Crafts Show

Last weekend, I attended an arts and crafts festival. Over 100 vendors visited, displaying their creations for people to admire and purchase. The artists, crafters, and builders each had their own style. Some of the artists performed demonstrations of how their pieces are made. Here are the best vendors I discovered at the arts and crafts festival. To learn more about the event, click here. … Continue reading A Visit To An Arts & Crafts Show

50+ First Lines To Begin Your Story

The first line of a poem or story is important. It is the hook, essentially. The first line greets the reader, something like a warm invitation. It sparks questions from the reader’s mind, amusement, and wonder of what will continue. The first line, much like the title, is a hint and opportunity to keep your audience wanting more. It is your one chance to keep … Continue reading 50+ First Lines To Begin Your Story

Do English Students Have An Obligation To Enjoy All Classic Literature?

William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Mary Shelley. These are just some of many classical writers who wrote some of the best and most iconic pieces of literature. Or is that what we are instructed to believe? To this day, they are celebrated, read for pleasure, and the source of classroom curriculum. English courses, from high school to college, never stray too … Continue reading Do English Students Have An Obligation To Enjoy All Classic Literature?

How To Find Your Philosophy, Ignite Your Passion, & Live Your Best Life

What is the meaning of life? Ask a biologist, archeologist, psychologist, or sociologist, and each would reply with a different answer. Present the same question to an adult, child, male, or female and the responses would also differ. Who is correct? Who is wrong? I believe that everything holds meaning. Sometimes the meaning translates to something large that can’t always be decoded. Nonetheless, I believe … Continue reading How To Find Your Philosophy, Ignite Your Passion, & Live Your Best Life

What Animals Can Teach Us About Writing

What is your favorite animal? Does your preferred species fly, swim, hop, or walk? For me, I love different types of bears, such as polar bears, panda bears, and koala bears. I even love sloths, too. Animals can teach us about evolution, as well as the habits and routines of wildlife and nature. By tagging and tracking animals, humans are able to better understand how … Continue reading What Animals Can Teach Us About Writing

A Short Story: Greenhouse

The boy ran through the woods. His feet naked, like they always were. He never did wear a pair of socks. Long grasses tickled the spaces between each of his toes. And mossy pieces grew from underneath nails. Wet wildflowers would kiss his ankles, leaves sticking to heel. The woods was the boy’s sanctuary. A peaceful pavilion to roam like a moose, be free like … Continue reading A Short Story: Greenhouse

Antique Shop: A Poem

Crooked “Open” sign,Three concrete steps upUntil the door is pushedAnd a bell rings outLike a bicycle ding,Located all the way in the back. Cardboard boxes,Contents insideAlways seeming to swap.Corners torn and tappedRecords placedOf a million spins. Melodious and harmonic rowsOf living room dancesAnd late night singing sessions.Beatles & Beach BoysCash & Presley. A gramophonePerched window sidePropped upon a table,Catching morning sun raysBrass appearing gold.Break lights … Continue reading Antique Shop: A Poem

An August Poem: The Letter Z

Fern, moss, and jadePatchwork,Quilted trees andProperty line strings. Contrasting tealOf ponds andLakes. Hovering hot air balloonWeaved basket, floatingOval parachuteAnd flickering fireTo raise us higher.The back of our necks sweat. We land eventuallyOur stance returning to ground,Traversing grasses and weedsAnd drum beating against sidewalks. We pass by gardens.Our ankles waveAnd toes say hello.They dodge tossed mulchLike forest logs. Brown specklesAmorphous smudgesInvading pink petals,Swallowing rosy blush. Blotches … Continue reading An August Poem: The Letter Z

East Coast Diary: Things To Do In Virginia

I have been to Virginia three times. All three of those times were drive throughs, heading to South Carolina or Florida. This past week, I had returned to Virginia, finally stepping foot on its ground and sandy beach. During my week in Virginia, I soaked up the sunshine while relaxing on the beach. I was able to enjoy the weather and the seascape by editing … Continue reading East Coast Diary: Things To Do In Virginia

It’s A Fashion Thing: How Clothes Can Fit Into Your Story

Without opening your closet door, you may have the palette of your wardrobe memorized. Lots of white and black for a classic office career? A range of green and yellow for a fresh feel? Anything from the spectrum because you are just that colorful? How can a wardrobe relate to writing? When we wake up in the morning, we dress for the day. Our selection … Continue reading It’s A Fashion Thing: How Clothes Can Fit Into Your Story