“All I Want for Christmas Is You”: A Holly, Jolly Act of Rebellion

“So I guess you hate that Mariah Carey song.” I looked at Raf with shock. “What are you talking about?” “Christmas music. You were literally just saying how much you hate Christmas music.” “Oh. Yeah. That sounds like me.” “So I assume you hate that Mariah Carey song, too.” “God, no! I love that song.… Continue reading “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: A Holly, Jolly Act of Rebellion

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The Yard Is Filled With Cardinals

Meditations on Losing My Mother to Cancer During a Global Pandemic (In October 2019, my mother was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. In December 2019, she had a stroke and began experiencing dementia. In July 2020, she and my stepdad moved back to my hometown so she could be closer to family during her recovery.)… Continue reading The Yard Is Filled With Cardinals

Holiday Leftovers: A Podcast Update, Mini-Movie Reviews and More

Greetings and salutations. How's everyone's 2020 going? Mine's a bit of a doozy. To catch you up: My mom started feeling sick in August, was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in October, had a stroke in mid-December and was hospitalized for over a week, and still is struggling with temporary dementia. The good news is… Continue reading Holiday Leftovers: A Podcast Update, Mini-Movie Reviews and More