Living in Laramie so far

Here are some fun facts about living in Laramie: 1. The I-80 around Laramie and Cheyenne has some of the few remaining dead zones for cell phones. In Laramie, Sprint doesn’t not work. Like, zero bars, no phone calls, nothing. Kevin and I learned this the hard way when we pulled into Laramie around midnight after driving through snow in … Read More

Receiving a Wyoming Arts Council Professional Development Grant

Wyoming Arts Council and Art Works NEA logos

Several months ago, I received news that I’d been awarded a Wyoming Arts Council Professional Development Grant as an individual artist. The working life of a creative writer can often be a solitary one, with good news to share only coming every once and a while. Receiving this grant meant than someone besides myself believed in my vision for a … Read More

2016 wrap up

The second half of 2016 was a whirlwind. After graduating and leaving Boise, Kevin and I drove across the country (again) to leave Meeko at my sister’s apartment so we could fly out of Boston airport to Iceland and Paris. Thanks to cheap flights, that monthly discount on Airbnb, and a limited food budget (mostly baguettes), Kevin and I stayed in Paris … Read More

Yellowstone National Park

I had time for one short road trip before my summer job(s) got going, so Kevin and I decided to drive to Yellowstone National Park. Neither of us had been before, and despite researching and staring at maps, we didn’t know what to expect. I saw a lot of animals– grizzly bears, black bears, bison, deer, mule deer, elk, pika, … Read More

Eureka, California

A year and a half or so ago, I moved to Boise for graduate school and my best friend Julie moved to Eureka, California. A twelve hour drive apart was the closest we’d lived to each other since back in our high school days when we shared a yellow school bus route and biked to each other’s houses (in between … Read More

Meeko is famous (again!)

I opened up Meeko’s favorite Sheltie website today and was surprised to see that she was on the front page again! http://sheltienation.com/2014/08/solar-powered-sheltie.html#comments Congratulations Meeko!

Why Being Happy at Your Job is a Silly Idea

Where did we get this idea from, that we should be happy at our jobs? “As long as you’re happy in your job….” “When you’re happy with your job, it won’t feel like work….” How often have you heard someone say things like this to you? This idea of a job bringing happiness, continuous joy to the extent that the pure … Read More

Reading Nostalgia

When I was little, my parents were very involved with making sure I had a love of reading. I even completed the Hooked on Phonics program (and yes, it worked for me.) One morning Kevin and I went down a rabbit hole of our genealogy after he revealed he was related to Davy Crockett’s brother, and I revealed I was … Read More

Guest post on Teaching Blog

As I gear up for teaching English 102 this fall, I’ve been coming up new classroom activities and multimedia to share with my student. Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote today with ideas on how to bring Pop Culture into the college classroom, complete with a step-by-step instructions for an activity. Read more here. MAPPING STUDENT INTERACTION … Read More