You’ve gotta be avoca-kidding me!

Summer is one of my favorite seasons.  I’m up early and home late – enjoying the long days and warm sun.

But a major plus (besides the weather, of course) of this season has GOT to be the food. Between BBQs with fresh corn on the cob, lobsters, oysters and steamers, and seasonal faves like watermelon and mangoes, I transport to food heaven for 3 months out of the year.

And as a millennial, I feel like I’m required to enjoy the food of my generation – the avocado.

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Behold: The avocado.

But what’s not to love? They’re relatively inexpensive, filling, healthy and versatile.

So without further ado, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite avocado recipes with you (millennial or no millennial)!

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5 Massachusetts Waterfalls Worth Visiting

A few years ago, I and a couple of my close friends went on a day trip to check out a waterfall in the Western part of Massachusetts. It was a trip that was 2 ½ hours’ worth of driving, but entirely worth it.

We went to Glendale Falls, a huge, all-natural waterfall that stole our breath away (and #3 on this list). Since summer is nearly upon us, I figured it would be nice to recommend other gorgeous Massachusetts waterfalls for you to check out too!

Just please remember to always use caution when exploring waterfalls, as they can be dangerous, and obey any posted rules at the site:

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Rocking Chair Reads: My Favorite Summer Night Books

Can you smell it in the air? It’s the smell of sand castles, sparklers and cookouts. Yes, summer is nearly upon us, and I cannot wait for long days and cool nights.

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One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day of hanging out in the sun is to come home, pour a glass of iced tea, and curl up with a good book while listening to the crickets chirping nearby. Nothing is more relaxing.

But there are so many choices of books to go with (it’s actually overwhelming) – and I’d like to offer you some of mine to narrow the field.

Here are my top rocking chair reads:

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South Carolina on my Mind

Greetings, all.

Recently I had an opportunity to visit my younger sister at Fort Jackson in South Carolina to see her graduate from US Army basic training. It was exciting for more reasons than just one – to see her succeed through something so difficult, to visit a state I’ve never been to (two, counting my quick jaunt through North Carolina, but we’ll get into that later), and to stay on a military base, something that I, as a girly girl (or so people often categorize me), never thought I’d do.

I figured I’d relive my trip vicariously through my readers, and recount my thoughts on the entire southern experience. Get comfy ya’ll (they say this often in South Carolina just humor me).

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5 (More) Documentaries Worth Checking Out

There are two things I do extremely often: Work on my writing, and watch films (usually with a glass of pinot, but I digress). Because I’m such a cinema-holic, I usually cycle through films and television series pretty quickly, so I’m always looking for new material to intrigue and entertain.

And lately, I’ve been on a serious documentary kick. I’ve written previously about some choice documentaries to check out (seriously, if you haven’t you should), but I’ve decided to add a few more to that mix.

But these documentaries are a bit different than the ones I’ve shared before. The point of a documentary is to give you a glimpse of a world you aren’t familiar with – they’re here to break your bubble, in a way, to let the bigger picture in.

In this world, there’s a lot more lurking just beneath the surface – dark psyches, urban legends, and things that go bump in the night. And nothing is scarier – or more fascinating than – human beings themselves.

These documentaries offer a look at the part of human nature we don’t like to talk about. The taboo, the nerve-wracking, the tormented and the often terrifying side of ourselves – and the world that surrounds us.

Here are my recommendations for the least snore-worthy documentary films that fit into this described category.

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The 2017 Women’s March & Why It’s Important

Normally, I’m not a very political person. I usually just try to worry about what I’m going to have for dinner that night, and or what I’m going to do on the weekend.

But lately, I’ve found myself very politically involved, and I’m sure you know why. The election of President Donald Trump has split the country in two – liberals vs. conservatives, mostly. It’s horrifying and sad to watch, but I’m not here to talk about that.

I’m here to discuss the Women’s March taking place today across the globe.

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Remembering William Peter Blatty: The Man Behind “The Exorcist”

Many of the included source links in this post feature images from the film that some may find scary or disturbing. Keep that in mind when clicking (As in, not at 3 AM when you can’t sleep).

There are a few things I was afraid of as a kid. The dark, spiders (okay, still afraid of that one), and the cover to my mom’s DVD copy of “The Exorcist” (1973).

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Still freaks me out. The Exorcist (1973). (c) Warner Bros

I’ll admit it. Just hearing the infamous “Tubular Bells” theme from the movie when she watched it around Halloween used to freak me out.

It wasn’t until I was older that I even watched this cinematic classic about a 12-year old girl possessed by a demon. And I have to admit, it still gives me chills whenever I see it.

But the film is second to the book in fear-factor. I read it on the beach two summers ago after coming across it on sale in the bookstore, and it stuck in my mind for a week after.

There was quite a lot of talent involved in writing a book filled with terrifying imagery, powerful symbolism, and possessive of an uncanny ability to send chills down your spine, making its author is one worth remembering.

But even people with great talent can’t live forever. William Peter Blatty, author of “The Exorcist,” passed away  on January 12th, 2017, at the age of 89.

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