What Teaching taught me about Time Management

There's no doubt that teachers are some of the most busy people around. From arriving at work around 7am and hitting the ground running, to grading a huge stack of papers on the weekends - time management is a necessity for teachers. As a high school English teacher and a graduate student for the past… Continue reading What Teaching taught me about Time Management

Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

As part of this blog, I hoped to include book reviews of recent books I've read. As a former BookTuber and Bookstagrammer, I am slowly getting back into my love for all types of fiction and prose. Thank you for Common Place Books Fort Worth for sending me this Advanced Reader copy. These Ghosts are… Continue reading Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

Finding my First Cousin through 23andMe

Cover Image: Marco Verch, modified In February of 2019, I opened my 23andMe account for the first time. Little did I know that when I opened the account and scrolled over to the "Family and Friends" tab on the site, I'd found the surprise of a lifetime. As an adoptee, there have been many instances… Continue reading Finding my First Cousin through 23andMe

Behind the Name of alysemeilan

When I started this blog, I wanted to showcase my writing both professionally and personally. Part of the decision was re-establishing the brand identity and name. Throughout my professional career, I've always been hesitant to include my middle name, because I felt like it was difficult for people to find and pronounce. However, when I… Continue reading Behind the Name of alysemeilan