When a story engages me from the first page, when I can't wait to see what happens next and when I'm sorry to see it end? That's a book I want to tell you about. Marriage Unarranged, authored by my social media friend Ritu Bhathal is set in an Indian community in England. I love all things Indian, . . .
Every morning I turn the TV on to a cable news channel to make sure the world hasn't ended. And then, I turn on the weather. Or my DVR. Or music. Or I read. Because, and this is sad for a journalism major to say, the best diet for peace of mind today is a news-free one. The constant jabber of the . . .
I wasn't always a cruiser. Oh, I went to Alaska in 2002 with a girlfriend on a big cruise ship with a couple thousand passengers. I didn't dislike it but I didn't fall in love with that cruise vacation. Or cruising in general. It was my husband, an experienced ocean cruiser, who introduced me to . . .
Oh, I know, vision boards may seem kind of, well, ethereal. Are they worth making? Do they really work? And how the heck do I create one? First, I'll confess that I've been making vision boards for nearly two decades and yes, they work. Yes yes yes. They work because the act of making one, of . . .
When did we become so grey and humorless-- --when did we become people who carry the weight of the world on our shoulders --all of it--taking ourselves and everything around us far too seriously? I can hear the click of outraged responses on social media now. But hey, take a moment to hear me . . .
It's clear that the left is turning on itself. Eating its young, so to speak. And eating its old, too. Consuming everyone on its own side. That splintering of what should be a unified force is why that awful man in the Oval could very well get re-elected. But that could be too nuanced for many to . . .
I know someone who believed the world was just like the island society depicted in the 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. In that novel, boys turned on each other with savagery that is incredibly primal. Left on their own, people will default to cruelty, my friend believed; it's unavoidable. Human . . .
Living as I do fairly near Facebook I've watched the company grow and develop. Can't say Mark Z comes out looking good around here. He's not considered the visionary Steve Jobs was, nor is he beloved in any way despite many big charitable donations in the Bay area. People around these parts are wary . . .
The author had me at the title. I thought my family was twisted. But this one? Made mine look normal! With privilege comes amazingly twisted flaws, and also the strange tone-deafness of the entitled--and this novel's characters really bring those factors to the forefront. Which makes it fun . . .
You've probably got a summer gift list, right? Birthday gifts, hostess gifts, just-because gifts--even condolence and get well gifts. Time to find just the right thing? You don't have it. You'd like to find just the right gift but maybe you've got a lot going on this summer and time to shop isn't . . .