Interview with Author Dan Gutman

I am back in the saddle working on a series I started years ago…targeting social skills for fourth and fifth grade students. As a result of that I am reading every recommended book for that age group. I lucked upon the work of Dan Gutman, as his “The Homework Machine” appears on multiple lists of […]

April 2020 Book Reviews

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. This is a prolific author that more than one person told me they liked. She is a good writer, but something about this book was sluggish…it intertwines two sisters listening to the “fairy tales” told by their cold, distant mother. As adults, upon the death of their father, they convince […]

“Poetry is an egg with a horse inside” April 2020 Virtual Poetry Club

We wouldn’t let a little thing like “Shelter in Place” stop us from meeting! New to most of us, our first attempt at a “ZOOM” meeting was a success. We started off with a wonderful quote which is the definition of poetry (by an 8 year old girl): “Poetry is an egg with a horse […]

Interview with Singer/Songwriter Chris Crockett

We are in the middle of something none of us have experienced….but there are positive sides to everything. I was lucky enough to be linked up with Chris Crockett’s daily posts on Facebook. I love his laidback style of singing and how he is helping all of us to get through our “shelter in place” […]

I’ve Got Nothing to Say

It’s Thursday night, day ten of my quarantine, or “shelter in place” and I don’t have a blog post for tomorrow. I generally write them a few at a time and set up my web page to post on a certain date at a certain time. I keep post it notes of ideas next to […]

Awakening in India

No one wants to sit through a long slide show….but here it is if you are game! A few of my adventures in India and the tales that stick out for me. I was the lucky companion of my “daughter-in-law” Tanya, who was invited to the wedding of two friends. The bride and groom were […]

Book Reviews March 2020

A Prayer For Travelers by Ruchika Tomar. This author is a Wallace Stegner Fellow (which means she participated in a two year crazy wonderful program at Stanford!) This novel was well written and showed her talent as a writer but it is NOT an easy read…what reviewers call “the complexity of a shifting timeline” means […]

Sans Forgeticus: Poetry Club March 2020

I should mention that we DID choose a name for our group: Sans Forgeticus. Think visions of the poetry salons of past times, as well as our underlying belief that memorizing poems will help our aging brains. Today’s trend was “free association poems.” New member Barbara started us off on this track with “The Currency […]

Colonoscopy cures Jet Lag

Many years ago a friend of mine who travels extensively introduced me to “The Jet Lag Diet” by Ehret and Scanlon. A simple little book, with a plan developed for use at the Argonne National Laboratory, I’m pretty sure for rapid military deployment forces. They wanted those soldiers to be able to hit the ground […]

February 2020 Book Reviews

Justice Denied by J.A. Jance. Yep, it was time for a genre detective story. Not sure, but I really need one once in a while (okay, often, I love them!) We’re back in Washington and I did enjoy the fact that detectives J.P. Beaumont and Mel Soames live in an area where a friend of […]