June 2019 Book Reviews

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende. I loved this book. I am behind on reading all of Allende’s work, but she is such an amazing writer. This story, the journal of a young woman from Berkeley who is exiled (in hiding) in Chile, weaves in and out of her memories of how she came to be […]

Cancer Isn’t a War

I found a note to myself the other day. I have no idea if I stole these words from someone else or I thought of them. Often while driving I have blog ideas and I have to quickly write a note and stick it to something. I found a note that said “Cancer isn’t a […]

Progress on 2019 Challenge

So, by now you know that each year I give myself a challenge. Sometimes it involves learning something new. Last year, when I had my 60th birthday, it was the Sixty of Six stay active challenge. This year I challenged myself to do 61 things I had never done before. This is proving harder than […]

Book Reviews May 2019

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen. Bowen is a prolific writer of several mystery series I have enjoyed. This novel is a stand alone story and a good example of the skills of this author. Two timelines, one of Joanna Langley investigating her father’s early life and one of Hugo Langley, her father, a British […]

Poetry Club May 2019

I’m in New Mexico, and many of the members are traveling. Tece and Susan met for May poem sharing. Susan shared two poems, “Beware” by Kevin Fearing and “The End and The Beginning” by Wisława Szymborska. “Beware” is my kind of poem…taking everyday life and expressing those bothersome thoughts that I often feel. Szymborska’s poem […]

Trees

I have always loved the outdoors. I grew up with a lot of freedom and by age eight I was allowed to roam our neighborhood, which included a grove of very old, very tall eucalyptus trees. I remember climbing up these trees and taking in the view of the world below. Recently I read the […]

Ethical Company

I just have to share the experience I had the other day that made me aware of the fact that there truly are ethical companies out there! I wanted to order leggings (for dancing, of course) which work the best with my new high tech, robotic leg braces. I searched (and surfed) around for a […]

Book Reviews April 2019

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. Always one of my favorite writers, Allende didn’t disappoint me this time around. The complex, tender, emotions between people of different backgrounds, she introduces us to Richard Bowmaster, a lonely Brooklyn professor, Evelyn Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and Lucia Maraz, a visiting academic from Chile. […]

Poetry Club April 2019

A small group this month, as many of us are traveling. Special Thanks to Susan Rushton for sending me the notes. As I wasn’t there, I can’t comment on how others felt about the poems, only my opinion. I read each one aloud, because the one thing I have learned: POEMS NEED TO BE READ […]

Support Groups for Eating (vs eating support groups)

I have talked a bit about cancer support groups, but now I’m going to talk about a different kind of group. I recently joined up with Marina Francis for her Eating Authentically group. I didn’t do it because I want to lose weight. I have lost weight. Over and over again. Things like Weight Watchers, […]