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 . . .
Rumor has it that Barnes and Noble is on its last leg. Some are wondering if their stores will be around to see the new year ring in. It's ironic that the big chains have driven many small independent bookstores out of business and now, Amazon is driving the last chain over the edge. Like everyone . . .
Serving Life. It's the name of a moving documentary about a hospice program at Angola State Prison in Louisiana. The program was the brainchild of the prison warden, who saw that the super-long sentences of many Louisiana prisoners meant they got sick and died in prison. A believer in . . .
I like to think that I'm okay with change. But when I see beautiful libraries full of books, I can't even imagine the idea that they might one day disappear. I can't even fathom an acceptable modern replacement for libraries, books and reading. I don't want to. I do, however, take comfort in . . .
Sometimes, if you're open to it and lucky enough, you get to meet some exceptional human beings. Patrick Schoch is one of them. For those of you who believe there aren't any single men out there who have the whole package--brains, humor, looks and heart, well, you're wrong. Here's one. He's a great . . .
These look pretty, don't they? But what if they weigh a ton? Without the ability to roll, they'd be a bitch to carry. What if they're not yours to carry?And what all those stickers represent unresolved issues stuffed inside of them? How did you end up carrying this baggage if it isn't . . .
City Lights may well have the richest literary heritage of any independent bookstore in the United States. Inhale, and breathe in the history of Beat literature. City Lights is, arguably, where it all began. In San Francisco. It was founded in 1953 as a bookstore-publishing house by poet Lawrence . . .
Today I feel like quoting Jeff Brown, my favorite writer on matters of the heart and soul. Because really, they impact our lives so deeply. Love is a great adventure that some of us are up for but others quake at its power and run as far away as we can. I love how Jeff acknowledges love's power and . . .