On the Fear of Change & Valentine’s Cards

When I put a call out to blog readers about what they wanted to see me write about this week, I received two good directions: blog about change and blog about Valentine’s cards. When I weighed the options, I liked them both, and since I’m heading out of town this weekend for a getaway with […]

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Mimosa Trees & Christmas Trees: A Letter From A Reader

This morning, I thought I’d share a letter I received from a reader. Dear Stephanie, I read your novel, “Beneath the Mimosa Tree,” and enjoyed it from the first page to the last. It’s such a perfect read for this time of year! While your title reflects something that happened “under the tree,” I wanted […]

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Bringing Back The Love Letter

* * * Dear Readers, Last year I wrote a post entitled “Instructions for Writing a Love Letter: Taking the Love Letter Oath.” To date, it’s one of the most popular posts on Steph’s Scribe. In any given week, I receive many hits on that one piece, which leaves me with a sense of hope. People […]

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For Valentine’s Day: Text Messages Are Not Substitutes For Cards

*** As Valentine’s Day approaches, let’s just set the record straight—and not just for Valentine’s Day, but as a year-round clarification. Sending “lovey-dovey” text messages are not permitted as a substitute for sending a heartfelt card or letter to someone you care a great deal for this holiday. There, I’ve said it. (And I promise […]

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An Open Letter to My High School: I Loved You and Miss You

Dear Severna Park High School (or as we lovingly called you, SPHS), I’m not sure if you remember me. I walked your halls many, many years ago now, when I was a lot lighter and more agile. I was a member of the cheerleading squad and captain my senior year. I took French class with […]

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Stealing History and Two Indicted Men: Museum Thefts Leave Me Wondering

For those of you who have not been following this story, I’ll give you the short recap: Two New Yorkers, one 63, the other, 24, have been charged with stealing historic documents from various museums (I won’t even glorify them by publishing their names). You can read more about this crazy story here at http://www.edition.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/28/historical.document.theft/index.html […]

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Instructions for Writing a Love Letter: Taking the Love Letter Oath

In one of my previous blog posts entitled Nostalgia I wrote about having a box of memories—a collection of the things we don’t want to forget—and what exactly it is we put in those boxes. I admitted to throwing away many old letters, especially love letters that I’d received when letter writing was still vogue […]

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A Belated Thanks to Mrs. S—

Today I found a letter from 1982. It is from my high school creative writing teacher, Mrs. S—. I was extremely fond of her, though admittedly, a little intimidated as well. She was kind enough to write me a recommendation letter to go along with my college application forms and essays. I have retyped it […]

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