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Seventeen Years a Vegan – Happy New Year 2017

5 Jan

drawn chicken in a pan

Happy New Year! 2017! Wow. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to see those last two digits change, and with the progression, I look forward to a blank slate–a year filled with possibility and opportunity. I’m also reminded of years past, and I grow nostalgic of certain milestones in my life. This New […]

Banned Books Week 2015: Celebrating Intellectual Freedom

22 Sep

bannedbooks

  Good Girls Read Banned Books by JMBushnell Put your own pictures on tee shirts from zazzle.com. Banned Books Week – September 27, 2015 – October 3, 2015 I love reading banned books. It encourages the tiny rebel that lives in a dark corner of my psyche. Who are YOU to tell ME what to […]

New Things and an Update on My Work and World

22 Sep

a single leaf in burnsville nc

Hi, Y’all! While things appear to be quiet around the site, my life has been anything but silent and boring. I really don’t know where 2015 has gone. The stores are filled with all things fall, Halloween, and Christmas. I understand why this is necessary from the retail perspective, but it is also a good […]

Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem: An Author Milestone

8 Sep

Manual Exposure at the Bookmarks Festival for Books and Authors

    I’ve sold eBook and paperback copies of Manual Exposure, but until the Bookmarks Festival of Authors and Books, my book has never been available for purchase at a local venue where any member of the public could pick up the book, flip through the pages, and feel the weight of my words in […]

My Bookshelf: Radcliffe, Blume, Birdman of Alcatraz, Plath, and Olsen

22 Aug

The Birdman of Alcatraz book cover

This is my college reader copy of The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe. This was her third novel, and it was first published in 1791. Those who love a mystery with elements of the supernatural and impending threats of horror and terror should reach for a Gothic novel.  Radcliffe is a wonderful place […]

My Bookshelf: Alcott, The Goonies, Masters, Armstrong, and Berube

14 Aug

The Goonies book cover

It’s time to take another peek at the items on my bookshelf! I’m having so much fun with this series, and I hope you are enjoying it. Has it encouraged you to go to your bookshelves and rediscover the books you own? My husband purchased this hardback copy of Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers […]

My Bookshelf: Woolf, Hawthorne, King, Rowling, and Immortal Poems

1 Aug

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

I’ve started a new Instagram project for the books I own. I’m taking a photo a day of my books, hoping to both inventory them and inspire others to pick up a book that they may never have considered reading. I own a lot of books, and this becomes painfully apparent every time I move. […]

My Visit to the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia, South Carolina

22 Jul

Jeannie with Pat Conroy Signature

The third weekend in May, I attended The South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center,  the festival is a free program of The Humanities Council of South Carolina. The event was blessed with great weather. This was my first visit to Columbia, and the drive down from Charlotte […]

Remembering Sweet Tristan

22 Jul

Jeannie's Siberian Husky Tristan in a Mobility Cart

Tristan was our beloved and challenging middle dog. He was an intelligent Siberian Husky who believed he was the leader of our pack, and his dominance issues with our older dog always kept us on our toes. In the last year of his life, he suffered from Canine Cognitive Disorder and had Degenerative Myelopathy. Essentially, […]

Happy Birthday to Me

2 Jun

Jeannie M. Bushnell and her grandmother

Yes, June 2nd is my birthday. The calendar bumps ahead, and this Gemini turns 39 years old. I’m neither who or where I thought I would be at this age. I’ve overcome and lived through moments I could never have imagined occurring. Unto them a child was born, and clearly—as my grandmother adorned in her […]

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