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Mirror, Mirror: Favorites in Non-Fiction

During the summer, my mother would take my brother and I to the library every single week. We were voracious readers no matter the time of year, but there is something especially magical about summer reading. The long days spent by the pool, the family vacations, the school-free hours--they all begged to have a book … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror: Favorites in Non-Fiction

3 Financial Attitudes You Need to Adopt After Getting Engaged to Keep Your Sanity

This article was originally published as a guest post on Britt & The Benjamins, but Brittney has kindly allowed me to post on Quills and Crystals as well. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section. I'd love to hear about your own wedding planning experience--or what you imagine it will be like!  … Continue reading 3 Financial Attitudes You Need to Adopt After Getting Engaged to Keep Your Sanity

Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Like many young girls, I used to dream of being a veterinarian. Then, of course, I learned that vet school required far too much math, science, and handling blood--none of which I consider my strong suits. I later realized I wanted to be a writer, but I still love animals and often wish that our … Continue reading Rethinking Animal Advocacy

Change the World, One Step at a Time

For every tragedy or major political event, I spend hours reading the news. Headlines and Twitter threads become my bedtime story; my heart breaks for people I will never meet, and they become my prayer. And so often, that's where it ends. I whisper kind words and send happy thoughts out into the universe, and … Continue reading Change the World, One Step at a Time

March On, Sisters

This post was inspired by Samantha Chaffin's blog post about the Women's March in LA. The title is not meant to exclude the wonderful men or gender non-conforming people who attended marches, and I love each and every one of you who showed up to support the cause. November 8, 2016:  Election Day. It's finally … Continue reading March On, Sisters

Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

I am not a journalist, but I have always loved newspapers. How could I not? After all, I had learned about newspapers from one of my favorite people in the entire world: my father. Every morning, without fail, Dad would drink his cup of coffee and read the paper. He'd stop reading to give me … Continue reading Don’t Read Rita Skeeter (or, Beware of Fake News)

Reading List: Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon

I have never been one for New Year's resolutions. I'm not sure if that philosophy is due to my previous failings or some deeply rooted cynicism, but every year is the same: while everyone toasts to the new year and announces their goals, I stay silent. If I say anything at all, it's more of a hypothetical … Continue reading Reading List: Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon

Endorphins Make You Happy

Perhaps it is because I have always been relatively healthy, but fitness is usually low on my list of priorities--if not last. Exercise and I didn't always have such a bumpy relationship. Growing up, I was always involved in some kind of sport (whether or not I possessed the necessary talent is another matter entirely.). But … Continue reading Endorphins Make You Happy

Words, Words, Words

This year's election has been one of the most divisive, tumultuous races in recent history. Many of us are still battling shock, fear, or a sinister combination of the two--but we are determined to keep fighting. While petitions and protests have dominated my Facebook feed, I have also heard the rally cry of my fellow … Continue reading Words, Words, Words

Land of the Free

My first real introduction to politics was the year 2000. I was eight years old. Our teacher had just given a lesson about the two presidential candidates: George W. Bush and Al Gore. He then handed us a worksheet with a short, kid-friendly version of each candidate's platform. I didn't know anything about those two men, … Continue reading Land of the Free