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Hello and welcome to Rafini’s HubPages. A little about me:

I signed up for Hubpages within the first few months after quitting a job I loved, and while I was a returning adult student searching not only for myself but also for the trail home. Today I can happily say I’ve found my way, and am thankful to everyone I’ve met along both my live and virtual travels, whether near or far.

My journey began with knowing I wanted to be a published author, and Hubpages offered me the chance to write what I wanted, when I wanted, and to get paid for doing it. I jumped at the chance given, then had to take a break to focus my energies on my studies. Five years later I graduated from UW Madison with a BA in Creative Writing and a drive to succeed in whatever I do.

Currently I am recreating my online presence, and redefining my online persona to begin fusing my creative self with my professional self. For this interesting leg of my travels I intend to focus on my blog, Rafini's Voice, and setting up my freelance editing business. I expect a few small bumps along the way, but also expect to enjoy the experience. Come along and join my journey, I’d love the company.

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  • Memoir 101: How to Use a Journal to Write, and Tell, Your Story

    Memoir 101: How to Use a Journal to Write, and Tell, Your Story

    11 days ago

    Want to write your memoir but don’t know where or how to begin? You’ve already taken the preliminary steps... The next step, the all-important First Step, is to prepare yourself for what comes next.

  • Movie Review: The Founder (of McDonald's)

    Movie Review: The Founder (of McDonald's)

    7 months ago

    The Founder, from director John Lee Hancock and writer Robert Siegel, is a film based on a true story and stars Michael Keaton as The McDonald’s Corporation’s original CEO Ray Kroc.

  • A 2017 Movie Review: Patriots Day

    A 2017 Movie Review: Patriots Day

    8 months ago

    Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg, stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, and J.K. Simmons. The subject: The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.

  • A 2017 Movie Review - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    A 2017 Movie Review - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    8 months ago

    Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta. Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy and John Knoll, stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Alan Tudyk.

  • Rafini's Movie Review: Hidden Figures

    Rafini's Movie Review: Hidden Figures

    8 months ago

    Hidden Figures, a film from director Theodore Melfi, stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe as three African American women working for NASA in 1961, and Kevin Costner as the head of t

  • Rafini's Movie Review: Passengers

    Rafini's Movie Review: Passengers

    8 months ago

    A review of the film Passengers. The film is written by Jon Spaihts, directed by Morten Tyldumm, and stars Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt.

  • Rafini's Movie Review: Fences

    Rafini's Movie Review: Fences

    8 months ago

    Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, is a story about the isolating effects of racism in 1950’s America transitioning into the ever-evolving efforts of 1960’s integration.

  • Remembering George Michael

    Remembering George Michael

    9 months ago

    Missing an icon, George Michael, a day after his death on December 25, 2016.

  • Rafini's Movie Review: Big Eyes

    Rafini's Movie Review: Big Eyes

    9 months ago

    Big Eyes, a 2014 release from director Tim Burton, chronicles the true story of painter Margaret Keane’s introduction and marriage to Walter Keane, and their eventual divorce.

  • Rafini's Movie Review: Collateral Beauty

    Rafini's Movie Review: Collateral Beauty

    9 months ago

    Collateral Beauty, directed by David Frankel, is a new holiday film that re-imagines the classic Dickens tale of redemption into a contemporary story of accepting loss.

  • Devoted


    9 months ago

    A short story I wrote for a class, "Devoted" resulted from an assignment that required a magical creature and something I could teach someone. Lost in the last day shuffle, I never received feedback.

  • The Center of the Universe...Lies Elsewhere

    The Center of the Universe...Lies Elsewhere

    9 months ago

    The Street With Two Names is a setting I wrote for a memoir writing class that I took this past summer. It not only describes the people I remember but the time and place of my childhood, back when I thought the...

  • Love Is ... a Silken Tent?

    Love Is ... a Silken Tent?

    9 months ago

    When reading The Silken Tent by Robert Frost, a warm, fuzzy feeling known as love penetrates the senses through not only the diction the narrator uses, but also the figures of speech, tone, metaphors (whether or not...

  • Pure Faith

    Pure Faith

    9 months ago

    The story, Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is an allegory full of symbolic meaning, which can be discovered through the tone, diction, and style Hawthorne uses in developing Faith as the main, round...

  • Telling Secrets

    Telling Secrets

    8 months ago

    This is my first attempt at Prose Poetry, and is something I'd like to include in my stories.  I began with the line, "Who do you tell your secrets to, when you go to sleep - alone" sitting in my thoughts over the...

  • A Day Without Cigarettes

    A Day Without Cigarettes

    7 months ago

    It was back in January realized I wanted to quit smoking. I had just finished writing out my goals for the year and noticed, quite plainly, that I hadn't really reached the goals I had set for last year. Last year's...

  • Real Strength, Real Power

    Real Strength, Real Power

    9 months ago

    What is strength?  What is power?  Do these two words have anything in common?  With a bit of surprise, they do.  Simply put, having power means to have strength.  So, what does it mean to have strength?  To...

  • My Miseducation

    My Miseducation

    9 months ago

    When I first started my education, the Equal Rights Amendment was working its way toward being signed into law, in 1972, by the US Congress. I was much too young to understand what was happening in our country, let...

  • What Does it Take to be Rich?

    What Does it Take to be Rich?

    9 months ago

     What does it mean to be rich?  How does one become rich?  Is it possible to become rich if you weren't born with a Silver Spoon in your mouth or even your hand?  How does it happen, really? First off, I think we...