A 2012 Ode to Nature

I can vividly remember the days of my childhood when hot air met cold air; the days when the night sky looked as dark as the smudged ink on my fingertips. A bolt of lightning flashed spectacularly across the night’s ruptured black abyss with thunder roaring its mighty approval.

Facing My Fears and Enjoying the Ride

I overcame my fear of needles by walking directly into a blood donation drive. 

I overcame my fear of heights through rock climbing

I overcame my fear of public speaking by becoming president of a student organization in college. 

I overcame my fear of wearing a bikini by buying one and heading immediately to the beach.

I could go on and on.

I can’t place my finger on when I decided to rid my life of fear. Sure, I still get scared, but unless there’s an actual threat, I feel the fear and do it anyway.

Book Review: Never Let You Go


Never Let You Go

Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 406
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
My rating: 5/5

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?


Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Sorry tomato soup, but you’ve just been upgraded.

The combination of the sweet and smoky peppers and the slightly spicy fire roasted tomatoes is rich and full of flavor! I always wonder why I gravitate towards hot foods during the summer, but then I taste a bit of a soup like this and I know exactly why. 


Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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