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 Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby My rating: 5 of 5 stars March is Women’s History Month and in honor of it here is one of my picks to read this month.Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World has 7 Sections : Medicine Biology and Environment Genetics and Development … Continue reading

Goodreads Review The Gutsy Girl

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul My rating: 5 of 5 stars I won this book via a Goodreads Giveaway. The main audience for this book is young girls and having said that I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The book contains inspirational quotes, info on adventurous … 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