Every month this year, in my art journal, I am getting specific on gratitude. In January, it was cozy little luxuries, and in February, I listed creative women who made an impact on my life. You can see that list HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. In March, I decided to list BOOKS that I am … Continue reading March Gratitude: Books!
The book club I belong to has been meeting for 12 years now. It originated at the much beloved and much missed indie bookstore Well Fed Head, and after the owners closed shop, we still meet once a month at local bars to discuss books. My involvement in bookclubs has somehow expanded this summer, to at … Continue reading Well Fed Head
I am obsessed. I love newsletters. I always have. I love writing them, reading them, making them, sharing them. Here are a few I receive that are worth checking out: AUSTIN KLEON, a writer who draws...or is he a drawer who writes? Either way, his book "Show Your Work" was the cheerleader I needed to get … Continue reading Newsletters
Every once in a while, maybe once a decade or so, I serendipitously come across a book that changes my life. When I was in college, it was "The Tao of Pooh," which I then passed along to everyone I knew, including my sister, and still flip through a weathered and dog-eared copy from time … Continue reading The Gift from the Sea
How many people can say their book club has been meeting for over ten years? And that they STILL talk about books when they meet? I want to write the grandest of grand love letters to my book club, and to its place of origin, Well Fed Head bookstore. But I honestly don't think I … Continue reading Ten Years of Great Books
I get so greedy at the library. I read a new "must read" list and immediately add all the book suggestions to my queue. Except, usually the books show up faster than I can finish one. Currently I have waiting for me on my nightstand (amongst others): Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche - book club pick … Continue reading Friday Reads: Where to Begin?
The past week has been pretty tough. In fact, I think it's safe to say that it's been one of the saddest weeks of my whole life. Who knew that losing a pet (not just any pet, naturally, but one who was with me almost every day for 1/3 of my life) could be so … Continue reading Friday Reads: Mourning Routine
I had lunch with a friend recently, and I always love hearing what she's reading. She has two tween boys and keeps up with their interests, like the Percy Jackson series. When I asked what she was reading, she said she was too embarrassed to tell me. Ooh, I love books that are too embarrassing … Continue reading Friday Reads: Guilty Pleasures
Excuse me, little boy of mine, while I sit and ponder what your picture book is trying to say. By 8pm, I just want to turn off my brain and read THE GRUFFALO to you (the best picture book ever written, in my opinion), not something that inspires discussion and questions about life beyond life. … Continue reading Friday Reads: Existential Picture Books
Even though I promised myself that I would only read happy books in 2012, my subconscious must have been thinking about Mayan prophecies or something, because I somehow managed to bookend the year with two end-of-the-world novels. I can't quite call them apocalyptic, or post-apocalytpic, because they were neither, which may explain why I was … Continue reading Friday Reads: End of Year List