Happy Independence Day!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July!

It was just my parents and I (Nick and Paul watched fireworks in Hilo); we enjoyed burgers that my mom made — I ate an amazing turkey burger that was filled with garlic and cilantro.

Unfortunately, we didn’t watch fireworks this year, however I still had a great night with my mom and dad.

I’m so thankful to live in this country; to be an American and to be able to serve the country that I love.


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Today by Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking
a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,
releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage
so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting
into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Winter-Spring Reading List

Now that I have some time on my hands, one of the things I would love to do is some “recreational” reading. I love reading but for the past four years, almost five, I’ve read nothing but case files and textbooks. I’d  like to read about places, things, adventures, and become one again with the magic of reading. Reading the stories of love. Sadness. Hope. Words that are thought-provoking. Meaningful.

Here’s my list for the next month or so (I will have to buy some of these but some I already own):

  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (This would be my 3rd time reading this novel; It is my absolute favorite)
  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Thank you Gilmore girls!)
  • Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt (I was only able to read a few chapters before the free sample on my phone ran out, so I’ll definitely need to purchase it. It was perfect/inspirational)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (This would be my 2nd time reading this novel; It is also one of my favorites)
  • I’d like to finish reading Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


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