Joining the Army of Women

I am technically working on three books right now. In reality I am painting benches. But once in a while I do write or do a little research. In the course of my research I came across the link to the Army of Women. I was looking for causes that women with breast cancer could […]


Yep, it is Friday afternoon. I swam my laps, went to the post office, the gas station, the fruit stand (great cherry pie season), the bank, the grocery store. I got the house ready for a cousin who is coming to visit. Ate lunch, watched an episode of Endeavor on Masterpiece Mystery and made plum […]

My Sister’s Hair

I wasn’t born jealous of my sister’s hair, but I grew up hearing the story of my mother’s surprise. Apparently we were quite similar at birth, with dark hair plastered close to the scalp. My older sister’s hair changed to white-blond curls within weeks.             Mine didn’t. My next memory […]

March Book Reviews by Robin

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. The ever popular writer and I have liked some of her work but I didn’t like this one. It was very stilted – the story of a couple who can’t conceive and then divorce. Picoult is preaching – he is a lecture on fanatic religion and she is a […]

Keeping up Hope and Desire

I read an interesting blog post the other day. This mother used the term “ableist” and I had no idea what it meant. So I looked it up (okay, I googled it, I told you before I can’t fight it). Here is one of the definitions: Ableism or ablism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities. Discrimination faced […]

January Book Reviews by Robin

Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham. Another memoir. This was recommended by my mother so I struggled through it (She said she wanted to talk about it after I finished it. Who can say no to that?) This story is the childhood memories of someone raised in a very unconventional situation in the Bronx. I […]

The Ease of Brainwashing

It is pretty easy to brainwash someone. Especially without them knowing. (I just re-typed several keywords from my title in the body of my work). I know this because of the way I write my blog post each month. I do it for Google. Google has slowly shaped my behavior. Even more than Facebook, which […]

Robin’s Reviews November

Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Wow. What a book. What a undertaking. Franzen is prolific and if his other work is as intense as this, I really want to meat this guy! This is a long book. It is a complex story, with changing point-of-view in sections, slowly unfolding the intertwining lives of funny, eccentric, tragic […]

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants,  life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs […]

Book Club list

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I forgot to announce the next books for Book Club. October – American Gods by Neil Gaiman and November Wild by Cheryl Strayed.