Book Report: Transcendent Kingdom

For months I've heard about Yaa Gyasi's sophomore novel, Transcendent Kingdom, and put it on my to read list which I will share in a subsequent post. I've been a voracious reader in the past few months, so I've actually made a small dent in my to read list (if I could ever choose to …

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50,000 Words Completed: What I’ve Learned

I finally reached 50,000 words in my novel that I began writing many months ago. It's taken me a while for various reasons (imposter syndrome, depression, low to no creativity), but hot damn, here we are! 50k translates to about 165 pages in a novel or manuscript. Do I love every part that I have …

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Photo Friday

Last week, Malcolm and I took a road trip to Ouray with his mother. We traveled on the Million Dollar Highway, which with inflation, should be the Trillion Dollar Highway. The aspens burned yellow, ochre, deep red against the surrounding evergreens. I highly recommend a jaunt down the highway in mid-September which is the peak …

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Propagating Airplane Plants

A few years ago, I rescued two small, half-dead airplane plants from my work. Now we have several healthy airplane plants that I propagated because it’s so damn easy. Also called spider plants, these are hardy guys that tolerate a little neglect but really flourish with just a bit of attention. Here’s what I’ve learned …

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Book Report: Drive your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

A few months ago, my book club chose this book, and I'm glad we did. I don't think I would have read it otherwise. First off, let me say that this book is not as dark as the title makes it seem. It's actually a lovely narrative whose plot line follows a whodunit mystery. It …

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My Experience with My Second ASL Class

Last year around this time, I took my first American Sign Language (ASL) class. I figured I could use some learning to connect with others and the study of another culture to distract me from my constant, excruciating pain. It reminded me how much I love the traditional learning environment. Participating in the class made …

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The American Dirt Controversy

I heard an NPR segment today regarding the book written by Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt, and the unintended consequences of writing from a different cultural perspective than one's own . The author stated that she envisioned writing a tale of a migrant's journey to America. She stated that she too was worried that she has …

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