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Book Review: Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there’s something almost magic about her food, her father can’t imagine anything… Continue reading Book Review: Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Saturday Song: This Is Me by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble

Happy Saturday! I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for so long, with Monday being a holiday here. I feel like I’ve needed this extra time off, just to get my brain back in order. This week’s song is… I haven’t actually seen this movie yet, but this song is fantastic, and it honestly makes… Continue reading Saturday Song: This Is Me by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble

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Audiobook Reviews: Tiny Pretty Things & This Savage Song

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And… Continue reading Audiobook Reviews: Tiny Pretty Things & This Savage Song

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Guest Post: The Imagination of the Reader

How much should an author leave to the imagination of the reader? Some readers want detail such as ‘The rectangular dining room was lit by a small chandelier centered in a high ceiling over a long table covered with a stained tablecloth. The four high-backed, cushioned chairs were mismatched and more suitable for a casual… Continue reading Guest Post: The Imagination of the Reader

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Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have… Continue reading Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

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The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

Life Chats (formerly Small Business Sunday) is a weekly thing that happens here where I talk about random things that come up in my life as a music therapist, small business owner, book blogger, coffee addict, and perpetually confused 20-something. I’m having a rough day, work-wise. (I’m writing this on Wednesday the 7th – I… Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment