Song of a Captive Bird (Book Review)

When I requested this book, Song of a Captive Bird, by Jasmin Darznik, from NetGalley, I knew I’d be in for a reading adventure. I know nothing about Iranian poets, past or present, and not much about Iranian history or culture. Because this was about a poet from Iran, Forugh Farrokhzad, who was also a…

Juicy Update

Well, it’s been a week since I began juicing daily. For those of you who read my post on habits, I mentioned my painful eye condition (Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome) and how it’s incurable. I also wrote about how if I juice every day, I don’t wake up to eye pain, tearing, swelling and a…

My Favorite Gluten Free Bread Recipe

  In January, I marked five years of eating gluten free. Food restrictions are challenging, can cause stress (what am I going to eat) and friction with family or friends (a little bit won’t hurt you will it?), but, if looked at through a positive lens, can take you on a lifelong adventure of learning…

Everything Happens For A Reason (Book Review)

I just finished reading Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, a memoir of her life before and with incurable Stage IV colon cancer. If you’re like me and tend to shy away from books about terminal illness, you might think it will be a dark, depressing, hopeless tale that…

Healthy Habits I Am Forming/Re-Forming

It’s February and I am still getting my act together…with habit forming, that is. We all know that habits, once formed, require little brain power–we just do what we’ve programmed ourselves to do. (By the way, if you’ve never read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, then add that to your TBR list for this…

Songwriting Madness in Winter

  We were at Hector Wine Company two days before Christmas, listening to The Blind Spots when the owner, who is friends with Alan, asked when we were going to play there. He said he had openings on all the Friday nights in February and we could have our pick. So Alan told him that we…

What I’m Wearing on My Feet, How I’m Shopping Right Now

  Although we are currently enjoying a January Thaw with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, it’s been quite snowy and frigid here in the Finger Lakes. I’m thankful to have a home to shelter me and a space heater to keep me warm, as we keep our inside temperature is rather cool. I posted a…

On the Trail of Wonder (Brief Book Reviews)

I just finished reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation. A non-fiction book for the Advent and Christmas season or any time of year, really, it chronicled her life as it pertained to her faith story. In Madeleine’s intelligent, honest and thoughtful voice, she shares her unconventional childhood with two loving, artistic parents, her…

How I’m Staying Well This Winter

  I have always wished there was a surefire way to avoid catching colds; that some scientist would invent a vaccine or a magic pill to prevent the constant barrage of sickness that runs through the average household from late fall to early spring. My kids seem to have a cold every month, or at…

All Things New

  Happy New Year! Every end of December and through most of January, I go into “hermit mode”, become introspective, and think, read, plan, pray, write and dream. It helps that I live in the Finger Lakes Region of New York and it’s about ten degrees Fahrenheit outside and it’s snowing. Here is what I…

These Days of Christmas

Dusk is falling on this second day of Christmas. Yesterday and last night, an Arctic chill blew strong and settled in, seeping through the cracks of this old house. Christmas Day was a quiet delight of waking up late, savoring coffee, opening gifts and talking. At noon, my kids joined us, opening all their gifts…

Gifts for the Bookworm

Oh, this post will be fun! If you’ve got a book lover on your Christmas shopping list, here are a few ideas: Book darts, like these from Modern Mrs Darcy. Or handmade bookmarks like these. A Book Light would really come in handy. If you travel a lot or like the convenience of e-readers, the Kindle…