A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde was actually our June book. We planned on meeting, but did not. So we just recently discussed the book. I have to admit, I didn’t read it. Too much time had passed, I was finishing my book, I was reading the actual October book, and I was […]

Marlene’s August Book Reviews

Audio Books My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira, read well by Kimberly Farr.  Here is a gripping story of a woman who is a midwife with aspirations to become a surgeon which is a more poignant story as it takes place within the period of the American Civil War.  When 2/3 of the casualties […]

If only Writers could skip the rest of the process

Four years ago I decided I wanted to write a book. I picked up my laptop and went on a road trip. I wrote the first drafts of TWO novels. I was well on my way. Not. After my initial burst of creative energy I did my homework. I looked into the actual publishing of […]

Robin’s July Book Reviews

The Hornet’s Nest by Patricia Cornwell. Cornell is a friend’s favorite author, so I borrowed a slew of paperbacks. The first one was engaging, but this one….nope. I stopped reading after page 101. There are too many good books out there to spend time reading prescribed genre, which is how I felt about this book. […]

Marlene’s July Book Reviews

This month I had some great recommendations from you lovely folks but I have to admit that I didn’t always remember who gave me the recommendation. So, in general, thanks and keep those recommendations coming! Books The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith.  I have been introduced to an astute and talented author […]

Joining the Army of Women

I am technically working on three books right now. In reality I am painting benches. But once in a while I do write or do a little research. In the course of my research I came across the link to the Army of Women. I was looking for causes that women with breast cancer could […]


Yep, it is Friday afternoon. I swam my laps, went to the post office, the gas station, the fruit stand (great cherry pie season), the bank, the grocery store. I got the house ready for a cousin who is coming to visit. Ate lunch, watched an episode of Endeavor on Masterpiece Mystery and made plum […]

My Sister’s Hair

I wasn’t born jealous of my sister’s hair, but I grew up hearing the story of my mother’s surprise. Apparently we were quite similar at birth, with dark hair plastered close to the scalp. My older sister’s hair changed to white-blond curls within weeks.             Mine didn’t. My next memory […]

March Book Reviews by Robin

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. The ever popular writer and I have liked some of her work but I didn’t like this one. It was very stilted – the story of a couple who can’t conceive and then divorce. Picoult is preaching – he is a lecture on fanatic religion and she is a […]

Keeping up Hope and Desire

I read an interesting blog post the other day. This mother used the term “ableist” and I had no idea what it meant. So I looked it up (okay, I googled it, I told you before I can’t fight it). Here is one of the definitions: Ableism or ablism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. Discrimination faced […]