Goodreads Review: The Storytelling Animal

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall My rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall good book. Gottschall states we are storytelling animals and goes on to back that theory. Even when we dream we are telling ourselves stories. Interesting point on changing beliefs: “In fact, fiction seems to be more effective … Continue reading

Writing for Ask Miss A: Charity Meets Style

This past Thursday, December 12, 2013 I had my 1st assignment covering an event for Ask Miss A. The past few months I have been considering writing on a more consistent basis. Writing was a normal part of every day life when I was an undergrad and a grad student. In junior high and high … Continue reading

The 2013 Verizon Entrepreneur of the Year Award Gala at MOLAA

Verizon’s 5th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award Gala took place Monday, December 2nd. The 2013 Award winner is Laura Oldaker owner of By Your Side Senior Care. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was a beautiful setting for Award Gala. There was a red carpet as there is for any Gala. Our emcee … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of MaddAddam

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood My rating: 5 of 5 stars After a few months I have read the MaddAddam Trilogy. This last book in the trilogy provided a short recap of the previous 2 books (Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood). In MaddAddam we find out more about the mysterious Zeb and … Continue reading

2 Funerals and No Weddings

Over the past month I have attended 2 funerals. One was for a young family member and the other was for a friend of the family. I do not cry very often and did not cry at either. I felt a bit perplexed that I was not my crying. The years of meditation and yoga … Continue reading

Goodreads Review The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read a book between Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood and was worried that might slow the momentum. The Year of the Flood provided the backstory to many of the characters introduced in the 1st book, even … Continue reading

Goodreads Review Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am aware of the controversy surrounding the author and borrowed the book from the library on a recommendation from a friend. The characters were interesting, story was interesting. I liked Ender but really was more interested in some of the other characters … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read the The Handmaid’s Tale years ago and was captivated by it. I picked up Oryx and Crake on the recommendation of a friend. It was a quick read and fascinating. I didn’t know what to think of Snowman at the beginning … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Prius!

One of my longest relationships is with my car.  I suppose that’s very Angeleno of me. I love my Prius and have driven up and down the coast – San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco. It’s super economical sometimes I go 2 weeks without having to fill up.  It is super safe, I was rear-ended … Continue reading

Goodreads Review of The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner My rating: 5 of 5 stars My review and expectation of the book may have been skewed because I heard the author, Rachel Kushner discussing the book on Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt and I instantly wanted to read the book. I was looking over some of the other reviews and … Continue reading