Elizabeth

I can’t remember how I first stumbled across Melanie Shankle’s blog Big Mama, but I know it was years ago and I quickly became a fan of her down-home writing style. She blogs about everything […]

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At the dawn of the Belle Epoque, an artist in Paris tells his students to “study where the light falls and where the shadows lie.” In many ways, Where the Light Falls does just that–looks […]

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Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved. The opening lines of The Death of Bees sent chills […]

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We’ve all been there. I grew up in a strict household as far as sugary snacks went. I begged, fruitlessly, for Cap’n Crunch and Corn Pops. I was allowed about 1/2 a slice of cake […]

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Celeste and Peter are two people journeying to the King’s City when they decide to walk together as partners, promising to stay together no matter how difficult the path. However, they have no idea what […]

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Roxana Soto and Ana Flores don’t have to convince me that children gain untold advantages by being raised to speak more than one language–I am so convinced that “bilingual is better” that I raised my […]

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Most girls growing up assume one day they’ll have a husband, kids, a house  possibly with hardwood floors and an ocean view and maybe even twins. (Oh those details weren’t important to you?) It’s not […]

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How do secrets, squirreled away and hidden from our nearest and dearest, affect our relationships? How do they change us, the people we become, as a result of the choice to deliberately hide things? Where […]

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In 2003, my son Abel was in Grade 1 and we were living in France. The Iraq war had just started, and our 3 kids were the only Americans in their school. Overall this wasn’t […]

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