What you can Learn about Life while at the Scholastic Book Fair

I volunteer for a community group who works at the local school book fairs. I had not been to a book fair in about ten years . My last exposure was memorable: I escorted students with explosive behavior issues on this overwhelming shopping expedition. One student melted down because he didn’t have enough money for […]

January 2020 Book Reviews

Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler. This is marked as a NYTimes “Notable Book,” which I find is the perfect description. Not an easy or ordinary read, but a very unusual tale of Chin, a Chinese railway worker, BJ, an escaped mental hospital patient, Adelaide Dixon, a doctor and suffragist, and Sarah Canary, a mysterious […]

Poetry Club January 2020

We rang in the new year with an odd combination of poems: themes of New Year advice and hope were contrasted with death. Happily Cindy started us off with a laugh, as well as chills and smiles, as she read “Litany” by Billy Collins. She had initially been looking for poems with a healing message, […]

On Being Brave

“You travel alone? Aren’t you scared?” This is the most common response when someone learns about how I love to travel alone. But more and more I’m meeting other women who travel alone, and I’m glad the group is growing. When someone commented on “how brave I was” I started to think about that word. […]

What do we deserve?

During my favorite 5Rhythms dance of every year, the White to the Light dance (in December we dance one Sunday in all black and the next Sunday in all white), I was thinking about the poem I might recite for our Christmas celebration. I’m trying to start some new traditions: less focus on gifts and […]

December 2019 Book Reviews

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser. I met this author at a writers conference in New Mexico. I was interested in her book because of the genre it was classified….”domestic fiction” and I was curious about what this really meant. I guess it means fiction about relationships between husband and wife? Not sure. Anyway, this […]

Poetry Club December 2019

A autumn/winter theme was the thread through several poems today. Leslie read “Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening” by Robert Frost. Most of humanity is familiar with the final lines of “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep.” The trivia fact that Frost wrote this poem in one […]

I am Grateful, I really am…

So my daily meditation course directed at improving my life is currently focused on gratitude. One of the exercises was to recall those who helped you out early on in your life. There were several and so I was cheerfully following the instructions of this meditation teacher and imagining their faces. The next instruction was […]

Driven by Apps

Compared to some folks (read, my adult children, that’s how I measure everything) I don’t have many apps on my devices. But I have become dependent on several. In a good way. The first was my Fitness Pal app, which tracks my nutrients and exercise and gives me an estimate of where I need to […]

November 2019 Book Reviews

Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just having a reaction to the whole “genre” discussion that has become way too much a part of my life. As I read this book I knew what was going to happen. I knew who would betray who, who would rescue who else. […]