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 […]

2020 Birthday Challenge

I have been flip-flopping on my 2020 birthday challenge. As I get older the numbers increase and the thought of doing something 62 times has become for difficult. I thought about splitting it into two categories this year: to dance thirty-one different places (5Rhythms or other) and the second half thirty-one acts of kindness, above […]

Poetry Club February 2020

A small group met today, with four poems were shared. Leslie read the famous “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, a long poem that has been greatly analyzed. While we had all heard of Keats, Leslie shared some history that we didn’t know! Like how much trauma he suffered in his early life […]

Small Talk 101

I don’t like small talk. I never have and I have only gotten worse with time. And in theory, I don’t like gossip, but I find myself falling into that trap all too often. Lately I have been in more situations where small talk is required. So here are some guidelines. Don’t talk about politics. […]

My 2019 Birthday Challenge: 61 Unique Experiences

Each year I give myself a birthday challenge: something to reach for over the 365 days until my next birthday. Admittedly, 2019 challenge of complete 61 Unique events (simply something I had never done before, not necessary that it be planned or good or anything other than unique) fell short on my birthday. But I […]

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 […]