Book Hoarders: Thomas Jefferson Meets Marie Kondo

“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson In recent months, I have seen the above quote splashed on posters, postcards, tote bags, and t-shirts. Last week, I passed a rack of mugs emblazoned with this declaration of book love. In my favorite use of the quote, Colonial Williamsburg jumped onto the Jefferson book train … Continue reading Book Hoarders: Thomas Jefferson Meets Marie Kondo

Agatha Christie’s Eleven Missing Days and the Loss of Privacy

In December 1926, Agatha Christie vanished. If, like me, you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, you already know about her disappearance. She left her home in the evening on December 3 and her abandoned car was found off the side of the road the next day. Eleven days later, after massive searches of the area … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s Eleven Missing Days and the Loss of Privacy

How Harriet the Spy took my writing to the next level

Recently I revisited an old favorite from grade school: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. This classic children’s book stands out in my memory as one of the first books that made me want to be a writer. In case you aren’t familiar with the story, Harriet M. Welsch is a spunky sixth-grader with literary … Continue reading How Harriet the Spy took my writing to the next level