Love the One You’re With

I just finished reading Emily Giffin’s bestselling book entitled “Love the One You’re With.” It was recommended to me, and because one of my reviewers sweetly said on Amazon, “Move over Emily Giffin, Stephanie Verni’s in town,” which is very funny and flattering, I had to finally see for myself what Emily Giffin’s writing is […]

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The Problem with Love Songs

*** Last week in my magazine writing class, we were discussing how to write a memoir. One of the suggestions for effectively constructing one is to write very descriptive prose so the audience can use its senses to stay with your writing. The ability to heighten the sense of sight, smell, sound, taste, or touch […]

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Three Reasons Why I Wish I Learned to Speak Italian

*** I have this thought quite often: I wish I’d learned to speak Italian. I studied French in high school and still know a few words here and there and can sometimes understand what people are saying if I really focus and pick it apart. French is a lovely language, but I’m not French. I’m […]

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Super Bowl Ads and, Yes, A Little Romance in Advertising Class.

Today in advertising class, we discussed the upcoming onslaught of Super Bowl advertisements, and one new ad in particular that’s already out there for consumption, the new Honda CRV commercial that features Matthew Broderick. The ad harkens back to Broderick’s character as Ferris Bueller in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” only now he’s Matthew Broderick, screen […]

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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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How Romantic Are You?

Hopeless romantic: A hopeless romantic is someone who very much believes in love, to the extent that it is often said they are in love with love. They also have a penchant for romantic actions both big and small. (This is my favorite definition from Yahoo! Answers.) I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. […]

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Love at First Sight: Fact or Fiction?

*** According to a piece from Psychology Today, approximately 60% of folks believe in love at first sight. Shockingly, of those 60%, at least 50% of them say they have actually experienced it. The article, from 2010, states that falling in love at first sight has to do with “a release of powerful neurotransmitter chemicals […]

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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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Revulsion and An Ex-Love: Today’s Friday Fiction

For the past two weeks I’ve posted a “Friday Fodder.” I’m switching it up a bit this week and calling it “Fiction Friday” where I’m sharing one of the short fiction pieces I’ve written. I picked this exercise (from one of my former classes) because I loved the challenge. It asked us to use smell […]

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Brilliant Finishes

If you want to be inspired, stand at the finish line of a triathlon and watch the people come in, one by one, at their own paces, pride and accomplishment written all over their faces. As someone who has absolutely no interest in ever participating in one of these physical contests can attest, it even […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things

photo from the gallery of Leni and Doug Parrillo Borrowing from “The Sound of Music,” (the tune of “My Favorite Things” must play in your head, otherwise this may be completely ineffective), these are a few of my favorite things… Green lawns in springtime And kids playing outside Reading a good book And drinking some […]

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