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Hi I'm originally from Auckland, New Zealand, I'm a PhD candidate in English at the University of Kentucky. I studied at Auckland University, New Zealand, and have a BA, MA, and Women's Studies Certificate from the University of Kentucky. My areas of interest include representations of motherhood in Victorian and Modernist texts. MY dissertation project investigates Katherine Mansfield as muse to D.H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley and Virginia Woolf. I've taught college English for the past ten years, but now devote my time to writing from home. I'm presently writing a book on grief, entitled Coming Back. It covers my journey caregiving my husband through 6 years of pancreatic cancer.

  • What a museum of the worst day of my life would look like

    An article written by Steve Kandell (a Buzzfeed contributor), titled “The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction,” resonated for me. Kandell’s sister was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and while his… Read More ›

  • The chain with two ends.

    I’m not altogether certain where my deep love for elephants stems from, but if I had to hazard a guess I’d say it has something to do with the fact that in every card, every love letter written by my… Read More ›

  • Caring enough to write.

    I was reminded today of how terrifying it is when you have a family member with a terminal illness, and there is a lack of information (especially accurate information) or advice to help you through the toughest patches. When my… Read More ›

  • Eliminate “Should”

    In the last few months I’ve reconsidered what surviving loss really means. According to the Cambridge Online dictionary, “surviving” means continuing to live or exist after the loss of…and you may insert whatever your own personal loss equates to here:… Read More ›

  • Breaking Bad Blues

    For the last two Sundays I’ve had the blues. Why? Because my evening is void without the hour of one of the best TV series, written and acted — Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. Photo Credit: Wallpaper Abyss The show first… Read More ›

  • Losing My Religion

    For the past six months I’ve been part of a Facebook group called, MEFFT (Middle East Food for Thought), or, as we commonly like to call ourselves, the “penguins.” I’m not altogether sure who adopted the penguin idea, but, as… Read More ›

  • Our Day of National Mourning

     There’s always that moment when you’re watching an old movie, or TV show, and a shot comes up of New York City and the Twin Towers, rising proudly over Manhatten. For me, and I imagine for most Americans, the heart… Read More ›

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