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

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

Goodreads Review The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger My rating: 5 of 5 stars I thought the book would be more sci-fi and was pleasantly surprised that it was very much about love. I loved all the characters because you saw them from different view points, themselves, others, you got a good sense of who they … Continue reading

Goodreads Review A Different Kind of Luxury

A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier My rating: 5 of 5 stars It took me a few months to finish the book because each story is full of insight and no words were waste, and I wanted to really appreciate each story before moving on. … Continue reading

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