My name is Sophia, and I am here because I love reading and writing. I want to learn and grow, and I want to record and share this process.

Once upon a time, I decided to be an English major. I enjoyed that time of my life, and I did not want it to end. But it did, and I have a BA which today is worth something only to me.

Somehow I ended up with two children after college instead of the MA which I began, but of course, I do not regret that. MAs are expensive and overrated.

Much later, and only for a few hectic years, I taught Language Arts to middle schoolers.

I was raised a Catholic in a small suburb of Rhode Island in the seventies by an Italian mother and grandparents who lived with us. It was right after the Vatican II reforms when the priests played guitar and we all sang along to John Foley S.J. songs.

As an adult, I moved to Florida and discovered the corner Evangelical church. At the time, I knew nothing about politics or the South, so I forgive myself for spending as long as I did there. I’ve since moved on, and I consider it a learning experience. Catholicism is in need of much further reform, but it’s still my spiritual home.

[Me (with uncle and cousins) in my First Communion dress, center]
In addition to reading and writing, I am also interested in social justice, intersectional feminism, economic inequality, and how these intersect with spirituality.

For those familiar with MBTI personality types and cognitive functions, I am an INFJ. We are known as harmony-seekers, empaths, and defenders of the underdog. We are the diplomats who see all the perspectives–sometimes all at once. But we will fight for our ideals.

About ten years ago I discovered blogging. Since then, I have had several brief and rewarding blogging experiences. I love the concept of self-publishing. It’s democratic and it allows for diversity. A good blog requires time, skill, and dedication. It’s a worthy pursuit for a writer. I remember reading somewhere that blogging helps develop an eye for the meaningful. And practicing communication is always beneficial.

I am a poet by nature. I appreciate some contemporary poetry, but I especially love the classics.

As for reading, I prefer classics as well. I do also enjoy some genre fiction: magical realism, fantasy, and sci-fi, as well as spiritual classics and non-fiction.

I am somewhat active on social media. I enjoy connecting with the world in this way, but I also realize balance is necessary. Time for slow, careful reflection and mindfulness is essential. I am still working on that.

I am thinking about creating a YouTube channel at some point. First, I want to establish a working schedule for my blog and my other writing projects. In the meantime, I will be following the BookTube community on YouTube and building a personal library from local thrift store hauls and yard sales. (Though I am convinced that the local library remains one of the best inventions, along with the printing press, and the internet itself.)