Harry Potter Got Me Through Two Deliveries

At 41 weeks, I should have been checking into the hospital for my second time giving birth, but instead, I was at the IMAX showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, gripping the armrests with each steady, increasing contraction. Chalk it up to my being a Harry Potter super-fan of some sort, but it got me through two childbirths. Published by Romper, 29 December 2017.


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Book Review--David Mendell's Obama: From Promise to Power

Obama: From Promise to Power is both an analytical look at Obama’s campaign as well as an intimate look into his background. Typically, a biography will go one way or the other, yet this book successfully merges both views, and as such makes for an engaging read. Published by The President Obama Bookclub Podcast, 24 February, 2017.

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A Little Bit of Ireland in Paris

Paris’ twenty arrondissements are arranged in a spiral pattern much like a snail shell if one should look at it from an aerial perspective.  Near the center of the shell lies the fifth arrondissement, known as the Latin Quarter.  Here, you will find many of Paris’ places of interest and learning, such as the Panthéon, Jardin des Plantes, and the Sorbonne to name but a few.  It is also here that you will find the Centre Cultural Irelandis, formerly the Collège des Irlandais or the Irish College. Published by The Color Spectrum Project, 3 July 2014.

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A Weed in the Corn: Surrender and Regrant in 16th Century Ireland (Master's Thesis)

The 16th century was one of rapid change for Ireland due to the encroaching control of the Tudors. Tudor policies rapidly changed the Gaelic way of life, sparking rebellion. These rebellions caused the Tudor government to look to other ways of subjecting the Irish, such as surrender and regrant. By focusing on one family, the O’Neills of Ulster, I propose to demonstrate that before surrender and regrant, the Gaelic lords were able to keep the English primarily located within the Pale. Unpublished Master's Thesis: Approved May 15, 2014, University of St. Thomas-Houston

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Olympia

 Walking to the Stadium, I felt a thrill passing through the vaulted walkway called the Crytoporticus.  So many athletes had walked through there before, on their way to victory or defeat. I continued to feel awed as I stood upon the marble slabs of the starting line. How many had crouched here in ages past, praying for glory? Published by The Color Spectrum Project, 11 March, 2014.

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A Good Buzz

In May 2013, I participated in a study abroad trip to Greece. We stayed in Glyfada, a coastal suburb of Athens at the Emmantina Hotel, arriving in time to put our things down in our rooms before walking to an arranged traditional Greek dinner at a local restaurant.  We ate and drank our fill of moussaka and retsina.  As we left the restaurant, our group broke apart into ones, twos and threes, each slipping away into the crepuscule.  I wove my way down Possidonos Avenue through a throng of people clustered around the Greek Orthodox church of St. Constantine and Helen. They were celebrating the holy name day of Constantine and Helen (Konstantinos and Elenis). Published in The Color Spectrum Project, 18 February, 2014.

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In Pursuit of Life and Love: The Universal Themes of Hamlet and Ecclesiastes

Hamlet is often regarded as a modern or postmodern drama, yet the existential questions Hamlet ponders can be found echoed in a much older text: the Book of Ecclesiastes. A comparison of parallel elements found in the two texts not only offers a deeper understanding of each protagonist's pursuit of life and love, but also that the desire to ascribe meaning to life transcends period labels. Published in Thoroughfare 6.1 Fall 2013: 6-9. Print

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