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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Two years ago at a writers conference, I stood in the hallway of a hotel in midtown Manhattan, and said hi to one of the first faces which smiled my way. She was from Chicago and had two small children at home. We found we were assigned to the same table for our manuscript critiques, where two literary agents would listen to about a page of what we’d written and offer feedback. I remember listening to the way the very young literary...

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Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

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Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

Books and travel, the only things you can buy that make you richer. If there is one place in the world that I’ve written most often about, it is Italy. I love Italy, from the top to the bottom, through its musical language to the art which appears everywhere. And, if you’ve read some of what I’ve written about Italy, you know that one of my favorite places is on the coast of Tuscany, in the Maremma region, south of Pisa and Grosseto, north of Rome and Civitavecchia. There is much history there. In the near distance, the hill...

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.” ― Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire The first time I stepped into sultry New Orleans, smelled the brackish air, and saw the camellias, magnolias, palm trees, and sprawling live oaks, I knew I loved it. My husband and I, newlyweds at the time, moved to New Orleans only a few months later. The...

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ― Maya Angelou, from Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now  Take Me to the Ocean When my...

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At the Beach

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At the Beach

“… so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse At the beach walking the warm sand, watching pelicans and gulls glide above the surf, delighting at dolphin leaping above the waves, spending countless hours with my family building sandcastles, collecting shells, digging holes, and making memories. I’m at my favorite place on earth this week, with my...

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20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

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20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” - Claude Monet I love flowers. I always have, and probably always will. This year, I’m more excited than usual to get planting — I have a garden to plant, a blank slate. Before my family and I moved to Prague, my gardens at our former house overflowed with flowers. Now that we are back in the US and have a yard to plant again, I’m ready to work on it and turn it into a place like the photograph below. Gardens, flowers, and nature have long been inspiration for poets, writers, and...

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Why Ukraine Matters

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Why Ukraine Matters

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Several years ago, my husband came to me with a proposal to move overseas for the company where he works. It had long been a dream of ours to get to move overseas with our family for an expatriate assignment for his job — but we knew there were certain locations...

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

“You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay   Today, my dear friend and writing critique partner, Erika Robuck, has her fourth novel, FALLEN BEAUTY, out on shelves! To celebrate, I’d like to share a bit about Erika and also have a giveaway for one autographed copy of Fallen Beauty (details below). It is the novel to read this spring. “This finely tuned, lyrical novel is Robuck’s strongest work to date, and destined to become an American classic.”...

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seem to be a lifeline when I’m stuck with a busy schedule and easily forget the Bigger Goals, when I can hardly see the bigger picture and keep me focused ahead on what is most important… …...

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” ― Homer, The Iliad It all began when my oldest son, then twelve years old, began to read Rick Riordan’s young adult series with the character Percy Jackson, who is notoriously the son of Poseidon in The Heroes of Olympus. The series begins when 12-year-old Percy goes on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of his teachers attacks him, and he begins to discover his ties to the gods in...

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