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Hello from my kitchen, where I will be settling in to bake a pomegranate-cranberry mousse tart for Thanksgiving with my fiancé's family this year. This will the the third time I spent Thanksgiving away from my own family (we’ve been alternating holidays, and last year was, you know.)

Even if…

Saying goodbye to the tree that told me I belonged

Photo of Olmstead Hall, sourced from the University of Evansville website

We so often grieve for the big losses, the holes left behind with a loss so gaping it seems impossible to fill. And yet. There is grief in small things, too.

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling mindlessly through Twitter when I chanced upon a message from my undergraduate…

Tis the season to dig into comfort gaming

Image from Stardew Valley title screen, sourced from Nintendo.com

As daylight wanes and the air gets colder, I feel a shift that tells me it’s time to boot up my Nintendo Switch visit a place I’ve not been for many months — Stardew Valley.

The familiar, soothing notes of the game’s background music chime out, and I hear my…

No, seriously, hear me out on this one

Screengrab from Free Guy, sourced from 20th Century Studios

If I’d known that there was a video-game based rom com out there, I’d have been back in the theaters to see it. But Free Guy wasn’t marketed as a rom com, so I ended up streaming it at home well after the release date. …

Silver tells love stories that break your heart and put it back together again

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(Disclaimers: This post uses Bookshop.org affiliate links. I received a free digital copy of One Night on the Island in exchange for my honest review.)

Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, is one of those reading experiences that was so visceral, I can flash back to the actual…

Magic gets an interesting new twist in the town of Thistle Grove

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Spectacular title (and cover) aside, Payback’s a Witch drew my attention with its Goodreads tagline: “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com.”

Have I seen…

Amanda Kay Oaks

Pittsburgh-based writer & wearer of many metaphorical hats. Making words about self, health, books, travel, and more! She/her.

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