Court Yard Hounds

Emily Robison and her sister, Martie Maguire, both formerly of Dixie Chick fame, are out with their second album from their band, Court Yard Hounds. “I love this band…the way we explore new aspects of ourselves and what we can expect from each other, both musically and as people,” says Martie. “We are close. Plus, being […]

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Love and Other Subjects

For every woman who thought she chose the wrong career…   In Love and Other Subjects Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant chowing down with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t […]

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My Latest Obsessions

I discovered Lifeway Kefir earlier this summer, and it is so good.  If you’ve never had kefir before, it is kind of like a drinkable yogurt.  It’s great for breakfast or as a snack.  So far, my favorite flavor is blueberry but raspberry is, also, good.  Plus, it’s supposed to support digestive health and immunity. […]

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All My Restless Life to Live

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for.  Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, […]

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Emma’s Secret

 For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return […]

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Mandatory Release

Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart—until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful […]

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If It Can, It Will

Moving.  Ugh.  The past week did not go as planned, and for a time, it seemed like if it could go wrong it did.  This post was supposed to happen a few days ago, but another Internet outage meant blogging had to wait.  Anyway.  This is what I wore to audition for an energy commercial. […]

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July Wish List

The endless packing plus an unfortunate salon disaster have put me in a rather dark mood, which may have influenced this month’s wish list.  However, a cheerful dress and whimsical necklace are a nod to new adventures right around the corner. Prada ‘Baroque’ Round Sunglasses Havana Ash Cool Suede Wedge Sneakers AllSaints Walker Leather Biker […]

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Playing Tyler

Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again…. Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life […]

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Inspired by The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is not the feel good, action-adventure I was expecting.  It’s dark and disturbing but, also, funny.  Johnny Depp is brilliant as Tonto and his character guides Armie Hammer’s  John Reid on his journey to becoming the Lone Ranger.  The cinematography is a delight and makes full use of breathtaking locations.  In fact, […]

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