How is it the middle of September already? Seriously!! August was a whirlwind, and September has been rushing past at breakneck speed. Still, I did manage to sneak in a few books. My online book club finished reading and discussing The Tenant of Wildfelt Hall. As usual, we broke the book into four sections and… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf This September?
Welcome to What's On Your Bookshelf (#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge), hosted by Sue Loncaric, Debbie Harris, Jo Tracey and me. The simple purpose of this challenge is to share a love of reading. We hope that you will join us. Basic guidelines are at the bottom of this post. It's been a while since I last shared what… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf?
This month's ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ will go live on Wednesday, August 4. My cohost, Deb, and I would love for you to join in. Let us know something that’s been on your plate this past month. It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dine-in or dine-out. You can share with a simple photo, a few words… Continue reading A Reminder and An Introduction
I love playing with words. I love reading and discussing books. I've also recently discovered how much I enjoy photography and computer graphics. Thanks to Terri-Webster Schrandt, this week's #SundayStills challenge has given me the chance to experiment with all of the above. Let's start with word-play, shall we?1. If we take this week's theme,… Continue reading Rosy Red / Cozy Read
'Becoming America’s Food Stories' is part family memoir, part immigration story and part cookbook. Undoubtedly, it will make you reflect upon your own family, culture and food traditions -- whatever they are. It is also guaranteed to make you hungry! With recipes ranging from simple pasta dishes and breakfasts to more complicated baked goods (at… Continue reading Becoming America’s Food Stories – A Review
Beginning in the last week of November, I took a blogging break to catch up on some books that seemed to come in all at once (I am currently in FOUR bookclubs). Below are the books that I read during the past two months. Caste: The Origins of Our DiscontentIsabel WilkersonNF: Social JusticeMy Review Dead… Continue reading Reading Break
When my youngest son was in kindergarten, I was a middle school principal. My son's school principal was female. Many of my closest friends were also...you guessed it...female principals. This caused my five-year-old to innocently ask, "Can men also be principals?" "Only when they are very, very good," I said with a wink. One of… Continue reading Rocket Girl…and Equality Among the Sexes in 2017
The above quote is spoken by the narrator of Alone in the Classroom as she pieces together fragments of her ancestry in search of self-acceptance. Although this novel has arguable flaws in plot and structure, this quote gives us a taste of Hay's distinctive style, evocative descriptions and provocative messaging. From the woody smells of… Continue reading Alone in the Classroom…and the Love of Words
I've previously mentioned that I am a member of two book clubs. The clubs meet two weeks apart from each other which, for me, spaces out the timing of the readings perfectly. In an earlier post, I used the link-up #FridayBookShare to comment on my previous novel read. I was happy with the easy review… Continue reading #FridayBookShare: Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story By Daphne Sheldrick
One of my favorite aspects of blogging is the connection and interaction with others. I love finding new blogs that share similar interests. I also love how one site often leads you to other great sites on related topics. Comment sections have provided me with engaging exchanges, provocative ideas, and new/renewed friendships. Through the Australian… Continue reading #FridayBookShare: Cutting for Stone