Avoidance of Art

In elementary school I used to get bad grades and thinking back my drawings were more reminiscent of Basquiat, so my teacher must not have liked Basquiat.  I was able to avoid creating my own art in junior high by taking yearbook.  In high school due to my academic schedule I had to take art … Continue reading

Free Rain Barrels

California has been in a drought for several years and water conservation is the new normal. This winter we can expect more storms due to El Niño. El Niño will not save us from the drought, so to conserve water I got a Free Rain Barrel for the lemon and orange trees. The City of … Continue reading

Goodreads Review My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem My rating: 5 of 5 stars I won the book via a Goodreads Giveaway and was very excited when the book arrived in the mail. I loved the book and finished reading it within a few days. I knew nothing about Gloria’s upbringing so reading that really … Continue reading

Goodreads Review Savage Park

Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die by Amy Fusselman My rating: 4 of 5 stars My favorite parts were when Amy was at Savage Park. I grew up in a time when the playgrounds were made of metal and I do remember … Continue reading

Goodreads Review How We Die

How We Die: Reflections of Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland My rating: 4 of 5 stars Each chapter details a different death – Alzheimer’s, AIDS, Cancer, Suicide, etc. The author is a doctor so he really gets into the medical terminology and makes it accessible to the layperson. “It is also the recognition … Continue reading

Death and Love

“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke In the last 5 years I’ve had family, friends, and friends who are more like family pass away. All 40 and younger. All died during the Holidays. … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Good Omens

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Listened to the Audio Book during rainy mornings and nights which added to the ambience. Enjoyed it so much I would sit in the car a little longer just to listen to more. I look forward to listening to the BBC version. View all … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of The Hippest Trip in America

The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style by Nelson George My rating: 4 of 5 stars I watched the show as a kid and loved it. The book takes you behind the scenes, and you find out more about the dynamics between the musicians and the dancers. One … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 5 of 5 stars I listened to this on my commute to and from work. A very in depth story about a mixed race family living in a small town in the late 70s. The story begins with the middle daughter, Lydia, found dead and … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of California: A Novel

California: A Novel by Edan Lepucki My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was not sure what to expect other than the story taking place in California. I was able to get a free audio download via the Ford Audiobook Club. Frida and Cal leave LA since LA has nothing to offer…the fires, earthquakes, drought, … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Humans of New York

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love the photos and everything about HONY. Any book Brandon publishes will be on my bookshelf, including Little Humans. I could look at the photos over and over and get a new perspective each time. View all my reviews

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