Monday, January 9, 2017

Good Reads

Over the Christmas holidays, I read a ton of books on the gorgeous beaches of Turks & Caicos (shared some pics on my Facebook page!). Two were outstanding and I wanted to share those with you.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

Loved, loved this story. Ove is a curmudgeon and you're all prepared to hate the guy but as the story progresses and you see how his life intersects with his neighbors, you're pretty much cheering for him at the end.  This story is set in Sweden and it is translated into English and my hats off to the translator.  The translation is excellent as well.  I don't want to give too much away--just read it. You'll love it.



Next is a non-fiction selection called Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.  This was recommended to me by a friend.  I recommend it now to anyone who has
an elderly parent/relative.  It talks candidly about end of life situations and the disconnect between the medical field and the aging patients and their families. It's the kind of book I wished I'd read about five years ago.  A very worthwhile read.  While it did not necessarily teach me anything ground-breakingly new, it reinforced some of what I was thinking before (and after) my own parents passed away and, in a weird way, gave me some comfort. Highly, highly recommend.

What did you read over the holidays?  Hey, by the way, Happy New Year!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Silver Bells

Time for family, friends, slower days, a hot chocolate or three and plenty of books.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy New Year.

Thanks for sharing your time with me in 2016.

Till next year.

Peace.
xoxo

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sharing Poetry from a Friend

Poetry lovers: I wanted to share a recently published collection of beautiful poetry from my dear friend, Robert Meyers-Lussier.  It's called CRYSTALLIZED REMNANTS and I am honored to have been asked to write the Foreword for this special book.

I met Robert--or, Bob, as I call him--several years ago during a memorable but grueling 10-mile hike down into Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon.  We became fast friends and immediately bonded over hiking, words, photography, and weird senses of humor. You can really get to know people when you strip away all the creature comforts.  Plus, throw in an out-of-nowhere monsoon and 100-degree temperatures and you've got the makings of a solid friendship.

Anyway, each of Bob's poems in his collection are a little bit different but each one has a tendency to press an emotional button.  One of my favorites is this one. Enjoy!:

Surreptitiously
I spotted
an Indifference

Camouflaged 
in a suit and tie
amongst a crowd
on my way 
to work

Much to my
dismay
it followed me
to work

only 
to become

My new boss

Monday, October 3, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Pumpkin Spice Latte Time

And, finally. 

It's been a hot one out here, although what else is new.  I live in the desert, after all.  It only makes Fall (and the months that follow) that much sweeter.  I can FINALLY open my doors and windows in the morning.  In a few more weeks, they'll be open All The Time.

I've been doing some painting, some writing, some volunteering, and a lot of reading over the summer.  My next blog post will probably be a reading roundup.  What've you been up to? 

Till then.

Happy Fall, y'all!

Friday, September 23, 2016

YOU ARE HERE is #1 on Amazon. Thank you, Universe!

A wonderful way to start a weekend: My short story YOU ARE HERE is #1 on Amazon.

Life is good.  Thank you, Universe!  Miracles do happen. :)


Monday, August 22, 2016

Too Powerful Not to Share

It's not often you see a room full of middle-school kids reduced to tears. Powerful.

Watch.