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A Chat with Joanna Campbell Slan

Joanna Campbell Slan

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo I’m not sure exactly how I met Joanna Campbell Slan. I’m pretty sure that it was through the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, or author Susan McBride. Or maybe it was at the now-defunct The Big Read. It doesn’t matter; Joanna is a pleasure. A master scrap-booker, she has…

Mommy’s Storm

by D. L. Andersen Thunder wakes me. I hear the sound rattle the windows as rain pelts against the glass that separates me, safe and warm in my bed, from the city outside. A flash of lightening lights up my room in a surge of brightness. I see the calendar I won at Gertrude Hauptman’s…

Book Review: Crazy Quilt by Paula Paul

review by Julie Failla Earhart Albuquerque journalist Flora Adams is on the lam. Not from the law; if only it was that easy. She’s trying to run away from the cancer that has invaded her breast and her shaky marriage. Lacking the hair on her head as well as one breast, the over-forty woman is…

Book Review: Heaven is For Real

Book Review:  Heaven is For Real – A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent by Julie Failla Earhart I don’t think I’m alone when I wonder if heaven is real and what it could be like. I believe it’s real; it may not be…

A Letter Home

A Letter Home by Aubrey Elliot Hello you!  God, I miss your face and your smile.  I keep thinking all those times you made me laugh at some silly joke usually at my expense.  Do you remember the time we went walking in the park and watched the kickball teams?  Or all the times we…

“The Good Life” by Aubrey Elliot

“The Good Life” by Aubrey Elliot There was a heaviness on my chest.  I didn’t want to open my eyes, so I rolled over instead.  I heard my cat “thud” on the floor beside me.  He wasn’t happy.  I knew he would be coming back to lay on my head in revenge.  I turned over…

Julie’s Summer Reading List

Julie’s Summer Reading List by Julie Failla Earhart Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James. This nonfiction title recounts the year the author and her family spent in Paris. Written in brief essays and short vignettes, this easy-to-read book captures life in City of Lights. From the hardships the children have in their new…