Summer Round-Up

Students are making their way back to campus, and our small college town is overflowing with cars packed full of any and all dorm necessities. Which all translates to mean that Fall is almost upon us, as is Fall Semester at Penn State.

The summer went by in a blink, which is essentially how time seems to travel once you hit adulthood, no matter the season or the occasion. Below are a few highlights from my summer of writing, traveling, baking, and parenting. How was yours?

Some of my summer reading picks are below, but a few others I enjoyed that I didn’t snap pics include:

  • Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
  • The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris, M.D.
  • Popularity by Mitch Prinstein
  • In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green
  • The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Nova Scotia on my mind . . .
Prince Edward Island in all it’s beauty–Kindred spirits!!
Spending time with my besties #BakedInVermont
What, you haven’t read Gilly Macmillan yet? Go now, and get ALL her books. Seriously.
You’re never really done painting your deck, you’re just taking a break until the next spot needs a fresh coat.
Beautiful, beautiful book.

#WritersResist courtesy of @WebstersBooks

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of reading once again with many of my talented neighbors and friends at the second #WritersResist event held by State College’s beloved indie bookstore, Webster’s.


For this particular reading, I decided to go with a piece written many years ago for my children. The Dreamer’s Tree, as it eventually became titled, came out of a quiet summer afternoon that found my three children and I searching for something to do. So I told them a story, making it up as I went along–talk about pressure, right?!? But I managed to weave a tale without too many holes and the ending I stuck without any problem (I’ve always been a writer who needs to know the ending before I can start writing–or in this case, telling).

Eventually, as I heard my children mention the story again and again when they’d conjure up memories from summers past, I decided it was a tale worth writing down.


At our second local #WritersResist event, with the theme of Looking Forward, I wanted to share something hopeful. And so I found myself going back to this cherished story from when my children could still fit in my lap and be carried to bed; looking back and looking forward at the same time.

The evening featured powerful readings from Cate Fricke, Nicole Miyashiro, and several other poets, singers, and writers from the Happy Valley region. It was a night full of camaraderie, hope, intensity, and calls to action. But most of all, it was a gathering of love, for our town, for the written word, and for each other.