Of Things That Go Bump In The Night

In high school, we watched a movie at a friend’s house in Winterport, Maine. The location is important, because Winterport has no high school, therefore all students go to Hampden Academy in Hampden. Fans will recognize the name as the place Stephen King taught, and our Psychology teacher never let us forget it, using Stephen…

City or Countryside?

“It’s very quiet where we are,” a friend told me, and when I spent some time there, I realized exactly what she meant. Her house is in the outskirts of the city, so remote you can only see the next door neighbors from one window. The other windows all give onto nature. It’s very beautiful…

Back To School – Autumn Is Here

September marks the return to school in some U.S. states (others have already started two weeks prior) and many countries outside of America. New clothes, new books, and certainly new adventures. For some it is the first year at a new school, for others it is their last. New friendships will be made, new alliances…

Toni Morrison

One of my favorite authors is Toni Morrison. I can’t remember how I discovered her, to be honest. Somehow, one day I just reached for a book, and I was hooked. A friend told me she’d read somewhere, that the author could spend an entire morning on one sentence, just to get it right. I…

What Makes A Good Teenage Novel?

Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or Divergent. Which of these is the best novel? Why? Should a young adult novel gloss over the realities we all live with? Or should a young adult novel speak of all that adults don’t like to talk about with anyone under eighteen? What are your reasons? What makes…

Timeless Classics – Anne of Green Gables

Victorian values, no characters of color, frequent mentions of Christianity and God, yet it is still a beloved book by many, and no one would accuse the author of racism, mainly because Lucy Maud Montgomery never denigrated anyone, even alcoholics were shown to be people, just on the wrong path.   Anne of Green Gables…

You Eat What?

We all have that favorite food no one else would touch. For me it’s peanut butter and jelly. No one in Germany liked the stuff, most people thought it was vile. Meanwhile, I couldn’t stand either beer or Sauerkraut, even though both seem to be a staple diet wherever I end up. On my street…

Comfort Food

We all have our favorite foods, and pizza is usually right there at the very top of the list. There’s just something extremely gratifying about food you can eat with your hands, while hanging out with your friends, having a good time, and just enjoying each other’s company. Not to mention the added extra of…

Enough With The Music, Let’s Talk About Food

I’m a terrible cook. Or, to tell you the truth, I just can’t be bothered. Unless it’s a Very Special Occasion, in which case I’ll happily prepare one of my five staple dishes. At present I can do a pasta dish no self-respecting Italian would eat, an Asian fusion dish any self-respecting person from any…

The Song Nobody Likes But You

  We all have it, that one song we love to play over and over again, driving our friends crazy, prompting them to tell us, “it’s either me or the song.” For me it Was Nah Neh Nah. My friends hated it. Even the one friend who was into blues music hated it. My childhood friend…