Mush: from sled dogs to celiac, the scenic detour of my life

Mush book cover collage of Girl painting and sled dog team racing

When Tara Caimi was twenty-eight years old, she moved from Pennsylvania to Utah to support her boyfriend’s dog mushing dream. Nick was confident and courageous, outgoing and adventurous—everything Tara was not. Tara had always suffered from anxiety-related ailments, but in Utah her health steadily deteriorated. Living with Nick revealed some unexpected lifestyle differences, and the culture she encountered rendered her a perpetual outsider. The only comfort she found was in her surrogate family of sled dogs. As personal failures piled up amidst desperate feelings of isolation, her health declined to a point she could no longer ignore. Mush is the story of Tara’s journey toward someone else’s dream and the lifesaving self-discovery it revealed.

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Privileged Perspective in Memoir: Building the Bridge of Trust by Trusting the Reader

This craft paper first published in the Writer’s Chronicle and examines techniques authors of memoir use to build credibility and elicit trust.

Cover image of three female paper dolls cut out of a newspaper
Credibility is one of the most important qualities of an effective memoir, yet sometimes the truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. What happens when real-life events are truly unbelievable? The memoirist’s job is not only to infuse the essence of truth into those events that would otherwise be too outrageous to believe, but also to employ creative techniques that will enhance the emotional response to factual events.
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Problem solving pioneers plot library of the future

illustration of a librarian surfing through a sea of books by David StongFor centuries, libraries have existed to collect, preserve, and ensure access to information, and unprecedented advances in technology over the past several decades have done nothing to change this mission, according to Mike Furlough, associate dean of research and scholarly communications for the Penn State University Libraries. The methods and models employed to accomplish those goals, however, have radically shifted.

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