Merely Merline was my first attempt to combine all of my interests under one umbrella. I didn’t want to be a book blog, but I also didn’t think I could be considered a lifestyle blog because my interests varied. When I started this blog, it was an opportunity for me to share pieces of myself with the world and connect with other people. I’ve done that in ways that didn’t necessarily include this blog, but I think blogging helped me expand and discover other things.
The domain for this blog is set to expire next month, which means that will be the end of merelymerline. I’m sad about letting the domain expire; however, I think it’s best. I’m in my final semester of grad school and I have some ideas that I would like to explore. It just felt right to let go of something that I’m not actively using. However, this doesn’t mean I’m disappearing from blogging. While I will no longer blog under this domain, I will remain in the blogosphere through my book blog, merline reads.
Thank you for following this blog and taking the time to read whatever nonsense I had to share. I appreciate it. If you’re into books, follow my blog (@merlinereads). If not, I would still love to connect with you on social media. I am not deleting this blog because it is something I’m proud of. And because it’s something I’m proud of, I thought it deserved a proper farewell.
Thanks for reading!
“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin
My sister and I came to this country when were 4 and 7, respectively. I love this country for the opportunities it has afforded us. As a 7 year-old child, never had I imagined I would accomplish the goals I’ve accomplished. I don’t think I dreamed of anything other than getting my 64-count crayons back that were stolen and not getting a beating at school. 21 years later, I have a college degree and I’m working towards a master’s. I’ve traveled. I have access to clean water and A.C. It’s not always easy, but I have access to things other people don’t. So, I am grateful and love this country. My life could have been completely different and I thank God for his grace and mercy.
Continue reading “Loving America: My Thoughts”
After my unsuccessful and disappointing attempt to read 16 books in 2016, I decided I would read 26 books in 2017. Obviously, I love failing at challenges. So far I’ve read 11 books! So close to that 2016 goal. In 2016, I read memoirs. Unplanned. In 2017, I’m reading YA and New Adult. Also unplanned. Many of the books I’ve read are fantasy. Some, I can’t get out of my head. Some have that diversity element I talked about in previous post. I won’t talk about all 11 books, but I thought I could highlight the ones I loved.
Continue reading “Book Thoughts | January 2017-May 2017”
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go
When I told my best friend I would take her graduation pictures in August 2015, I don’t know what I had been thinking. I didn’t own a camera. I wasn’t close to owning one. As a matter of fact, I didn’t get a camera until June 2016. I didn’t really start using it until November 2016. I didn’t quite understand aperture, shutter speed, or start using different modes until April 2017. Fast forward to May 2017, she’s an MSW graduate and I’m the person behind the camera capturing her memories. She believed in me and my goals.
Continue reading “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”
In my very-best-but-not-even-remotely-close Adele voice: Hello. It has been a while since I blogged. It’s been so long I don’t even recognize my WordPress draft. WordPress looks different. I am on the other side of my second semester of graduate school. Only 3 semesters left. Yes, I am counting. Graduate school has been tough. I miss working. I miss sick and vacation days. I miss benefits and a steady income. This semester was different from my first and I can’t quite articulate how. I had difficulty adjusting back to school after Christmas break. I couldn’t find the balance between school and staying aware of what is happening in our country. Somehow, I survived and didn’t fail. Every time I received a grade back from an assignment I was sure I muddled my way through, I was shocked. Did I actually get an A on this? Did I actually survive 6 group presentations gracefully? I hope my focus during summer session is different because I expect summer to go by quickly. I start practicum in two weeks and I need to start preparing for a conference I’m presenting at.
Continue reading “Hello From the Other Side”
Throwback to the Bay Area, August 2016. First set of pictures taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T6. Good food. Hiking. Relaxing. Cold. I-80 backed up at any hour. Adele showering us with confetti. California dreaming. Unedited. Continue reading “Bay Area”