Do We Really Have to Do Christmas Right Now, Retailers?

RIP, Halloween. Nice to know you, Thanksgiving. It’s  the second week of September, but we’ve already skipped ahead. Walk into retail stores across the country and you’ll see it– Christmas holiday décor has already arrived in many places, filling up the shelves with holiday cheer. Really. When I first saw it on LABOR DAY, I thought my eyes had seen a mirage. Surely that wasn’t a large display of elves, Christmas ornaments, holly, candy canes, and music in the middle of…

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Because the Night

It’s well known that I’ve been a runner for years. I’m not fast, but I love the exercise and the runner’s high that I get from completing a race. For me, there’s nothing like it. But the standard 5K can get a little… boring from time to time. You can only run 3.1 miles so many times before you feel like one 5K  starts to look exactly like the another. And that’s why I loved the race I ran this…

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Takin’ Texas By Storm at RT

If you love books as much as I do, there’s no better place to be than at RT Booklovers Convention. I’ve heard about it for years, and I have a friend who always attends, but it’s never been in the cards for me, because the convention isn’t cheap. When you add in hotel, plane tickets, food, and more it’s on the pricier end.  This year, I got to attend it in Dallas, and I can assure you, it is worth…

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Four Ways to Tell It’s Spring in Greater #Cincinnati (Without Looking at the Calendar)

Here’s the list, in no particular order: You’re sneezing all the time, and most of the time, it’s a double sneeze. Allergies run high in this part of the country, and they can be brutal. Mold, pollen, grass, and other annoying parts of life leave most people around here miserable from late March to early June. Allegra-D anyone? You’re headed to Keeneland for Saturday fun. Keeneland’s spring season comes with high expectation. Bus trips and group getaways to this elegant…

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Carry On

I don’t consider myself a FUN super fan, but I love the song “Carry On” for so many reasons. It never fails to inspire me. I find myself singing the lyrics whenever I feel sad. Sometimes I blare the song on my iPod while I’m running or rock out to it in my car as I’m driving. On a really bad day, I’ll play that song over and over again, belting the lyrics every time without fail. Anyone who sees me…

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#NaturalLove Word Search!

Here’s a little fun for fans of NATURAL LOVE. It’s a word search with some of the major characters, themes, and locations as clues. It’s just a quick way to pass the time, and if you enjoyed the book, it’s a unique tie in. These are the words included: Audi, Chadwick Gardens, Spencer, Avery, kiss, Mitchell, Cincinnati, Lisbon, Ovation, stepbrother, bracelet, forbidden love, love, Peace Corps, stepsister Happy hunting!  

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#NaturalLove: Let’s Chat!

One thing I love to do is talk to people.  It’s fun. Heck, I’ve made a career out of talking to people. It ‘s one of the things I do best. And now, I want to talk to you. On Monday night, I’m hosting the first five readers who sign up on a special Google Hangout Chat. If you’ve ever used Google Hangouts, then you’ll know why I am doing this. They are fun, and a great way to connect…

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Get Fit and Get Outside!

This weekend while I visited Cincinnati, the temperatures were in the 70s. That is unbelievable. A normal July for Cincinnati is a muggy 90 degrees or higher underneath a blazing sun. Most days the air is soupy and wet, and every kind of allergen pops up. It’s not always fun, and most days it leaves you just wanting to stay indoors all day and drink anything cool and refreshing just to pass away the summer hours. Not this past weekend.…

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Celi at the Cinema: The Conjuring

I love scary movies. People who know me very well know this fact. I’ll watch any scary movie that comes out. I’ll even go to a horror movie by myself. As a kid, my parents never let me watch them. They felt a sensitive child like me wouldn’t be able to sleep after watching Freddy Kruger and Jason mutilate victims. They feared I’d be scarred forever after watching Carrie or Psycho. Horror movies just weren’t a part of my life. At all.…

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My Oscar Picks

It’s the big night for Hollywood– the pinnacle of award season. Tonight is the night we find out who the Academy thinks was the best of the best. But of course, no night is complete without my Oscar picks. Okay, I’m just kidding. Every Oscar night is more than complete if I don’t weigh in on who should win. But this year, since I’m now a blogger, I figured I’d share what I normally only tell friends and coworkers. Drum roll, please.…

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