She was raised on a ranch in Alberta and I would have never encountered her in my day to day life. But social media connect us with a broad range of people and that’s how I met Diane Stringam Tolley. I began reading her blog, On The Border, referring to ranching life on the Alberta/Montana . . .
If you're around my age you remember those "Calgon, take me away!" TV ads. Yes, that is a live link. But how often have I wished something could transport me away from the horrors of the world today? You, too, probably. So here's a beach reading list full of excellent distractions to take you away . . .
Are you concerned about what will happen when your elderly parents can no longer care for themselves? No one gives us caregiving advice when we're younger. As we get older, so do they, and often, it falls to us to figure out what to do, how to handle it. No one has prepared us. Until now. 9 . . .
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit is beautifully written, lyrical, unique and could be the best fiction I've read in a very long time. I downloaded this audio book so long ago that I'd forgotten it was a novel-- I was half way through it, thinking it was a memoir, when I discovered it was . . .
I'm an author! Well, not really. I didn't write this book. But I am one of 45 feisty bloggers who contributed to this funny, inspirational and helpful anthology on life at...midlife. Ok, ok, I'm past midlife. But still. I'm feisty and I'm over 45. The pieces you'll read in the anthology Feisty . . .
Airplane reading and beach reading have one thing in common: they've got to be distracting and that means fairly light. But not completely mindless. The kind of book that you can pick up for a while, then put down while you take a sip of a pina colada, take a dip in the ocean or take a walk in the . . .
Of course it was inevitable that my smart and funny husband would want to see my essay in the anthology, Dumped, Women Unfriending Women. What I didn't expect was that he'd want to read the other essays. He told me he was curious about this "dumping" stuff and once he'd read a few of the essays, . . .
Every morning I climb on the gym's treadmill, insert my bright pink ear buds and hit play on my audio version of Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Armchair adventure is one of my favorite genres. Women "finding themselves" is a term that always makes me . . .
Writing a book is...difficult. Authors pour every ounce of their being into a tome--no small amount of blood, sweat and tears are shed--and then it's out, for the world to read. And review. Which brings me to the difficult subject of book reviews. Who among us hasn't been taken in by a dozen . . .
Not to rush the season, but can we talk about winter, and the pleasures of curling up with an afghan (hound or blanket, you choose), a cup of tea and a great book? And maybe, like me, you enjoy giving books as holiday gifts. So, I've got some book recommendations you might enjoy yourself-- or give . . .