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Confessions of a Romance Novelist: When I Could Finally Call Myself a Writer

Last week I wrote a post dedicated to my mom.  This week’s is for my dad. A writer’s greatest struggle is in calling herself a writer.  For a non-writer, this probably seems weird.  But for writers, this seems natural.  K.M. Weiland recently coined it as one of the 7 stages of being a writer when …

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How the Bronx Zoo’s Architecture Gives Clues to Its Past

I love the Bronx Zoo because it completely and totally creeps me out.  It’s the best visual example of why I love history.  History leaves a mark.  A mark that humans often attempt to obliterate.  Sometimes we’re successful.  Sometimes we are not. At the Bronx Zoo, one can read the zoo’s history in its architecture. …

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My Love of the Flatiron Building in New York City

Writers are weird.  We take odd fascination in the seemingly normal.  While at a family gathering for Christmas, a cousin-in-law who happens to be a large animal vet recently had a baby and oh yeah, she runs a single practitioner practice.  Meaning, she’s the only vet going out there to save the farm animals.  And …

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The Decor of the Morgan Library and Gilded Age Influence

We’re continuing our trip through the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, a stop during a recent research trip to NYC.  Next on the list, let’s talk about decor, because the wealthy of the Gilded Age loved their decor. Let’s talk about this bright red wallpaper that was clearly designed to give small …

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My Research Trip to the Morgan Library and Museum: The Books

We’re continuing our trip through the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, a recent stop on a research trip to NYC for my current work in progress.  The next thing I want to talk about are the books, because well, this was a library, right? It was Andrew Carnegie who first pushed for …

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