Silencing Our Story Tellers

I am distressed by a recent trend in the world of writers. There seems to be a group of citizens AND writers who advocate that an author write only about what one knows. I think this originated with the idea that a writer could easily misrepresent and spread one-sided or incorrect information about a culture […]

July Book Reviews

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld. I really liked this book, but I’m having trouble putting why into words. There isn’t one particular thing I can say kept me engaged…I think it was a combination of the novel plot idea and the consistency of the writing. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises, some twists […]

My Life is a Meme

There was the Stone Age, the Industrial Age and the Information Age, but the only label in my mind for current times is the Meme Age. As a FB addict I see hundreds every day. Silly one-liners that instruct me in how to live. This type of instruction isn’t new.…Women have been embroidering and hanging […]

Taking Photos of my Food

There is a lot about the silly behavior of photographing and posting photos of your food on social media. I do it all the time…not only my plate but everyone else’s too. I know it’s silly, but I can’t seem to stop myself so I am trying to analyze my behavior. Here is what I […]

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 […]