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Tybee Island, Georgia

In addition to going to Savannah, my mom and I went to Tybee Island as well. It was a bit blustery when we went, but I didn’t mind. I still waded in the ocean and looked for shells. We saw lots of jellyfish, shells, pelicans, and sandpipers. After we walked on the beach, we went […]

Savannah, Georgia In February

It is 10 degrees above zero in Minneapolis (with a windchill of -3) and I am especially cold because I just got back from spending six days in South Carolina and Georgia, where one day it was 77 degrees. Those of you living in the Twin Cities know it’s been an incredibly mild winter, but […]

Florence + The Machine: Shake It Out

I first saw Florence + The Machine on SNL and I was transfixed. I am madly in love with this song right now. I keep listening to it on repeat, at top volume. I love the music, and love the lyrics. I’ve embedded the music video below, and posted the lyrics as well. Regrets collect […]

Wildcard Weekend

Even though the Steelers lost this weekend, I had a blast this past Sunday. As usual, Cami and I went to McGovern’s in Saint Paul to watch the game. I knew it was going to be packed, so I got there around 1:15, even though the doors didn’t open until 2, and the game didn’t […]

Erie Street

Whenever I see Erie Street, over by the University of Minnesota campus, I smile. My first year as a grad student at the U, I’d walk by Erie Street and get incredibly homesick for Erie, PA and all of my Penn State buddies. I still miss that time and place, but now the sign just […]

Football: The Best Way To Bring In the New Year

My friend Cami is from South Dakota, but I have inspired her to become a Steelers fan. On Sunday, we celebrated the New Year by watching the Steelers game at McGovern’s in Saint Paul, which is the official Steelers bar of the Steelers Fans of Minnesota (SFOM) of which we are both proud members. I […]

Happy Holidays!

I’m currently still in my pajamas, and just ordered a boatload of stuff from Sephora. There is no snow in Wisconsin (we are visiting my husband’s family), but the tree is pretty, and I have absolutely nothing to do today, which is perhaps the best present of all. I think there are still a few […]

NAMW Teleseminar on the Gifts of Memoir

This Thursday evening (12/8) I will be participating in a National Association of Memoir Writers teleseminar about the gifts of memoir with fellow writer Rachael Herron. It’s free for everyone! Here’s a link: http://www.namw.org/events/namw-roundtable-discussion-rachael-herron-nicole-johns-the-gift-of-memoir/

Skype Interview About Journaling, Writing, and Publishing Purge

Amber Lea Starfire of Writing Through Life interviewed me via skype last week. She has a fantastic website with lots of writing resources that you should check out. We talked about journaling and how I used journals to help write Purge, writing, and publishing Purge. Amber asked great questions and it was a fabulous interview! […]

NPR Article About Men with Eating Disorders (Binge Eating)

I came across a great article about men and eating disorders (specifically Binge Eating Disorder) on the NPR site. This article does a good job of helping to dispel the myth of the stereotypical eating disorder patient (you know, a severely underweight teenage girl), and addresses the fact that people with eating disorders can be […]