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, […]

Book Reviews March 2019

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Aha…a non-fiction, nearly textbook type read, but rather amazing. Sadly, I read this after the forest fires had devastated huge areas of California. And after a neighbor’s oak had broken and the other half was removed to safeguard the human lives underneath it. (Mine!) Yes, this author, […]

Eating as a Geography Lesson

My husband and I don’t go out to eat nearly as much as we used to. For one, the choices in our area are not what we view as our “favorite type” of dining out. What we both love is finding a small, family run restaurant owned by people from another country. We eat early […]

FREE Audible Give Away

This year I took my writing a step further and explored the idea of having one of my novels produced as an audio book. I took a webinar, studied articles on line and made the decision to hire a narrator (although one day I hope to narrate other books myself). After the production, the next […]