Writing Prompt #84: “52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge” (Week 46)

Week #46: Technology.

I’m grateful for technology, for the most part. It’s changed my life in multiple ways.

When we first got Internet at my parents’ house, it was the mid-1990s. It was revolutionary! It’s amazing how far things have come in just the last 20 years.

However, I find myself looking to escape technology as well. Since I work on a computer all day for my job, there are many days where I come home and I don’t want to look at any screens! It’s a hard thing to balance.

What about you? Are you grateful for technology?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚


Getting Personal #95: Second Wedding Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Al! Here’s to two years of marriage!

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I love the black and white.

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One of my favorite photos from our wedding! Image Credit: Stellar Exposures

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We had an amazing reception!

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December 2016 – Al’s company Christmas party.

As I write this post, I realize we need to take more photos of ourselves!

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August 2017 – We celebrated Casey’s birthday at Topgolf in Virginia Beach!

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October 2017. My current profile picture – One of my favorites, taken by my dad!

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October 2017 – Celebrating Nick and Savy’s wedding! Amanda photographed all three of our weddings – Al and me, Steven and Crystal, and Nick and Savy!

Thank you for everything this year – We’ve definitely learned to be homeowners, that’s for sure! I look forward to many more years with you. Can’t wait to celebrate tonight!

I love you!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Tag #36: Currently Reading Book Tag

Mommy and the Books

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The amazing Thrice Read ladies did another tag! I’m always up for answering fun book-related questions!

Here are the links to Jenn and Eden’s posts:

How many books do you usually read at once?

I try to stick to one book!


If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I typically don’t do this, but it happened this week. I had a long reading break / hiatus, and I felt it was necessary to switch books for the time being. The nice thing about books I own – They’re not going anywhere!


Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Not really. I love my Glee bookmark that I bought a while back.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

I try to keep them on my nightstand.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

At night, before bed.

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

These days, it’s typically less than an hour, since we go to bed so early. It’s really sad!

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

On. I hate taking them off!

What position do you mainly use to read?

Sitting up, usually with a pillow behind me.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

No, unless I know I’m headed to an appointment with a waiting room!

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

Sporadically. I’m lucky if I remember to do it once a month!

What are you currently reading?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Commentary #62: “10-Year-Old Reporter, Once Told to Go ‘Play with Dolls,’ Publishing Six-Book Series with Major Publisher”

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Star journalist Hilde Lysiak. Image Credit: NY Daily News

Hilde Lysiak, at age 10, has already accomplished so many things! She’s an accomplished journalist, a newspaper founder, and now a published author!

I heard about Hilde last year, but A Mighty Girl profiled her this past week, lauding her for becoming a published author!

Way to go, Hilde!

Hilde started her own newspaper, Orange Street News, in December 2014, in her town of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Her dad, Matthew Lysiak, is a well-known and recognized journalist. He has reported for the New York Daily News, among others. Apparently, journalism runs in the family – Big sister, Izzy, runs a kids’ advice column in the local paper, The Daily Item.

Her dad made her a deal – He agreed to do the typing, formatting, and printing. But, the reporting, writing, and photography – That was all on her. She ran with it, and hasn’t stopped!

On April 2, 2016, she broke the story of a suspected murder in Selinsgrove, and posting the story on the Orange Street News Facebook page caused a wave of criticism. Several people were critical. Only nine at the time, people remarked that she should be playing with dolls, not reporting on murders.

She responded brilliantly in a video message: “But if you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computer and do something about the news.”

That is awesome!!

Her response was picked up by The Washington Post and The Guardian. Since then, she’s continued reporting, and given several interviews with other media outlets, including for The Today Show, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

She doesn’t want to work for a newspaper someday – She wants own her own newspaper.

Here’s a few of the stories that have been written about Hilde and her pursuits. Enjoy!

The New York Daily News first covered Hilde and her story on September 12, 2015: Kid presses on: Girl, 8, with own newspaper dreams of being bigger than The News

On June 30, 2016, a press release from Scholastic Media announced Hilde’s book deal: Scholastic Acquires Four Books by Nine-Year-Old Reporter Hilde Lysiak

The New York Daily News covered Hilde again on August 29, 2016: Ace kid reporter Hilde Lysiak, 9, to get her story told on the small screen

Check out this profile from The New York Times, recently published on October 31, 2017: Hilde Lysiak, Reporter, Author, 10-Year-Old

Her newest endeavor is a series of children’s books, published by Scholastic. The first two have already been released, and two more are scheduled to be released in December and January.

What do you think? Do you feel inspired by Hilde, like I do?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Writing Prompt #83: “52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge” (Week 45)

Week #45: What You Do For Fun.

I could go on for a long time about what I like to do for fun.


June 2017 – Al took this photo before we hopped on. We love riding around our neighborhood – Very safe and quiet. We certainly work up a good sweat! The only change we’ll make is better bike seats!

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I’m grateful that I’m physically able to ride my bike and play softball. Al just bought lights for our bikes so we can ride them in the evenings – Yay! I would love to get back into softball – I played on a church team several years ago, and I miss it!

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. Image Credit: Theme Park Review

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Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Image Credit: Kings Dominion

In the same vein, I love visiting different amusement parks. Roller coasters are the best! I’m glad that I’m able to ride them. They definitely make my heart race and my voice hoarse. I’ve been fortunate to have been to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion multiple times, along with Water Country USA. As a kid, I went to several in California, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

One of my big goals is to visit Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. So many coasters! I also like the water rides. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Big Fish Games

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I had this! I wonder if my parents still have the game CDs! Image Credit: Amazon

I also enjoy playing games on my phone, iPad, and computer. Right now, I like several different match-3 games, but I also want to get all the Roller Coaster Tycoon and Carmen Sandiego games for my PC again. Those bring back so many childhood memories!

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Traveling is another fun thing. We’re saving money for New York City right now!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚


Tag #35: My Name in Books Tag

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Two of the ladies at Thrice Read did this really cool, yet challenging book tag. I wanted to see how I fared with the nine letters that make up Laura Beth.

Here are the links to their posts:

Here we go!

L – Looking for Alaska, John Green

A – A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray

U – Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand

R – Rosebush, Michelle Jaffe

A – Anthem, Ayn Rand

B – Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, Barbara Ehrenreich

E – East of Eden, John Steinbeck

T – Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher

H – Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls

What about you? Which books correspond with your name? Let me know!

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Getting Personal #94: November Goals

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Welcome to November! It’s hard to believe we’re in the home stretch for 2017!

Here are my goals for the month of November:

  1. Celebrate our second wedding anniversary!
  2. Keep our kitchen table clean.
  3. Write some snail mail!
  4. Start organizing my “Lady Lounge.”
  5. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Here’s the breakdown:

Celebrate our second wedding anniversary!

  • It’s hard to believe two years have gone by.
  • Since our anniversary falls on a Tuesday this year, we’re headed to a really nice chop house in Suffolk to celebrate!

Keep our kitchen table clean.

  • I’m so mad at myself from last month. I’m tired of the clutter. I’m committed to making this happen!

Write some snail mail!

  • I’m determined to mail out many cards and letters this month!

Start organizing my “Lady Lounge.”

  • With moving the rest of my things from Mom and Dad’s, our garage has many more boxes that need to be emptied!
  • I want to start with my bookshelf, and then my dolls.

Enjoy Thanksgiving!

  • We’re excited to take a few days off from work and spend the holiday with Al’s parents and some of their family!

Do you have any goals for the month of November?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚