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50/50 Media Progress

50/50 Media Progress

In my overly ambitious goals post for the year, I said that I wanted to see 50 movies and read 50 books. As it stands, I’ve made good progress in that area. People have suggested in the past that they like to hear what I’m reading, so I’ll share how things are going with you. Books have been dominated by school assignments, which is both great and annoying. Great because I’m reading things I might never have picked for myself,…

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Reading Roundup – April

Reading Roundup – April

This is a month where I both read a lot and also gave up on finishing some books – one I’ll review here today and one I’ll skip. Anyway the books this month bring something for everyone I think. We have a memoir, a high drama fiction and a nonfiction nature study. Let’s begin! “There are many ways to drown, only the most obvious wave their arms as they’re going under.” – Nick Flynn Another Bullshit Night in Suck City…

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Often All We Have

Often All We Have

Stephen Dunn is a celebrity in my house. I quote him all the time on this blog. If I write a passive aggressive this is meant to burn someone Facebook post, I do it with poetry — usually, that means Dunn’s poetry. He’s as famous to me as David Sedaris or Stephen King, which means he’s as notorious as James Cameron or Peter Jackson to a normal person who doesn’t douse their life with literature. I started reading his work in…

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Reading Round Up – March

Reading Round Up – March

One day I will have a month full of light hearted, super engaging books for you… but that month is not this month. Instead, I’m still knee deep in literary memoir and am taking y’all along for the ride with me! Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either. – Tig Notaro I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro Tig, a stand-up comic and comedy…

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Reading Round Up – February

Reading Round Up – February

If I could best describe my reading pattern lately, it’d be horribly tragic memoir followed by something I hope will make me laugh. February was no exception. I ended January’s round up with telling y’all about “The Kiss”, which disturbed me to the point that I had to immediately jump to something light. “We all accept too easily that life has to be hard and forget to make sure we have the most fun we can.” – Amy Schumer The Girl…

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Reading Round Up – January

Reading Round Up – January

I want to start a new segment on the blog called “Reading Roundup” where I’ll do a brief review/recommendation of the books I’ve read in the past month. Half the reason is that I want to keep myself on track with reading, and half is it’s easy content in a boring life without a million horse shows… win-win! Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read Mary-Louise Parker’s memoir. I’d seen her as an…

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The Gift of a Secret

The Gift of a Secret

Tim talks to me in ways that I did not anticipate. I’m not talking about dreams. Those are rare these days, but even when I see him it never surprises me. That was something he seemed to establish in the beginning of all this. Although no words have been exchanged lately when I do see him in my dreams, I wake up thankful and comforted like when you hear news that an old friend you’ve lost touch with is doing…

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There Must Be a Pony!

There Must Be a Pony!

I’m really lucky to have some super awesome people in my life. They’ve been there to pick me up in dark times in countless ways, and I’m really fortunate. I wanted to share one of those pick me ups, because it’s probably the best and most appropriate piece of mail I’ve ever gotten. See, my best friend is one of the rare people left that’s a patron of snail mail. She loves post cards and stationary, and sent me this…

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Equestrian Book Review – Making the Running

Equestrian Book Review – Making the Running

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, but lately I’ve been asked to read some equestrian novels from some folks and then review. Truth be told, I love equestrian lit. It doesn’t have to be high literature, but if it has horses and a decent plot… I’m sold. So that being said, today’s book was sent to me to review but the opinions are quite my own. Honestly, I’m not a romance book fan so when I read…

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Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Here’s a story about Lauren in college: I went to a large land grant university where being an English major was not the desired department of cool kids.  There were the Greek life students in the business school, the nerds in Computer Science & Engineering, and the farmer boys in Agriculture Science. Small aside – my husband, brother, and sister in law are in each of those three categories.  I’ll let you guess which. Back to the main story –…

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What I’m Reading – September

What I’m Reading – September

I finished Kitchen Confidential earlier this month, and although my love for Anthony Bourdain runs deeply… my fondness for that book did not.  I do like his writing style, which I figured I would since I enjoy his narration of the TV show.  I like to write non-fiction type essays, and even when I write fiction I have this conversational tone that rambles on in different directions but (hopefully) keeps it engaging and flavorful.  He has a very similar style. …

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