May Book Reviews

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (published 1920). I’m not one for classics, but every once in awhile I dip into one. This was a good read, well written flow, but what a perspective. It was one of those books I had to look up when I finished because I didn’t “get” the end. […]

Score of Ten

So here is another tale about my sister. Maybe it’s because I turned sixty but I keep thinking about how we were raised. My mother showered us with praise. She always told us we were the smartest, prettiest, most likely to succeed in every way. I’m not saying we didn’t get in trouble for misbehaving…and […]

April Book Reviews

Judas by Amos Oz. Another one I didn’t finish….but not because it wasn’t good. It actually is good, but complex. The story of a Jewish scholar who goes to live with an old man as a companion and their conversations, with a bit of a love story thrown in. Anyway…lots of amazing information and I […]

Reading Around the Table

So I’m the first one to think that children on devices isn’t a good thing. As a retired educational psychologist, I feel that there are certain basic needs that children are provided through integration and interaction with other people. Reading, playing, waiting, finding something to do…there have been many articles on the impact of today’s […]

Becoming Part of the Solution

With all the news and ideas and suggestions flying back and forth on social media and television I am careful what I read, listen to, believe. I am so saddened by yet another school shooting, pleased that people seem to be waking up and actively working to change things. I am processing everything in a […]

The Easter Tail (Yes, T-a-i-l)

Javier watched the mouse every day for a week. He studied the way its tiny feet scuttled across the concrete path, tail like a wire flag waving behind. He admired the effortless rise onto back haunches the mouse used to look around the garden, even though as a rabbit he too could stand up and […]

More March Book Reviews

Since we are minus Marlene’s book reviews and I am reading a LOT, two posts this month. The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb. Wow. That’s it in a nutshell. I am writing to this FIRST NOVEL author and crossing my fingers that she will let me interview her for my blog. This is one of […]


My new favorite word is “Theoretically.” (Just a note, I couldn’t spell it…had to look it up.) I use this word to escape obligation and responsibility. For example: Friend “Have you been writing a lot? Are you almost finished with another book?” My reply “Theoretically.” Translation: I have all my things out or maybe even […]

March Book Reviews

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow. The story told in multiple time lines about a woman who was a seamstress for Buckingham palace and locked up in a mental hospital when she got pregnant from an affair with The Prince of Wales. Quilt tells her story. Clever author uses various point-of-views through taped interviews and […]

Surviving the Beta Read

You are there. With a flourish you type in that final period (or more likely correct that final spelling error). You have researched, revised, re-written and you are ready for someone to read your latest novel. This is called a “Beta Read.” Official definition according to Wikipedia (okay, not the go-to source, but this is […]