Book Review: Just Mercy

In Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson, recounts his experiences working to appeal the sentences of prison inmates, particularly those on death row. While this book was another on my books to read list for quite some time, the current atmosphere of…

Book Review: The Kite Runner

I added Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner to my books to read list a few years ago. I remember that it received lots of attention when it hit the bookshelves in 2003. I knew it was popular and I wanted to find out why. I didn’t even realize it was a novel until I received…

Purpose. Movement. Joy. Breath.

I needed a new yoga mat – mine was fraying from years of hot yoga use. Every time I stood up at the end of a flow, my skin and clothing were covered with flecks of purple rubber. That particular Jade yoga mat came from a discount store. It was a spur of the moment…

Baking old favorites and creating new memories

I’m an undercover, mostly casual-about-it control freak. If we are just acquaintances, you probably (*hopefully*) don’t notice my type-A tendencies. But, they’re definitely there. While my sense of style, interior decorating choices and outward personality would suggest a go with the flow approach to life, these are all façades – I’m actually usually paying close…

The times, they are a-changin’

I’m pretty sure Bob Dylan’s song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” was full of political undertones. I’m not into politics and I’m not a Dylan super-fan, but a few of the lyrics really caught my attention lately (via a modern cover by Fort Nowhere). Backstory: I spent the last two months of 2019 feeling creatively…

Book Review: Sense and Sensibility

I really love Jane Austen’s books – or at least most of them. I did not mean to read two Austen books back-to-back, but I became really disenchanted with the nonfiction bore I kept attempting to finish reading (and I was feeling the “do more of what you love” empowerment) so I threw my reading…

Expectations vs. Reality

Today is my birthday. Which is something I don’t normally share about. I’ve been told that I’m an enigma — and I like it that way. You see, if people know something about you, they may or may not use that information, to your advantage or disadvantage. If someone knows about your birthday, you might…

Book Review: Northanger Abbey

Pride and Prejudice and Emma, two of Jane Austen’s other books rank as two of my favorite novels of all time. Recently I remembered that I’ve owned a tattered copy of Northanger Abbey for years, but I hadn’t actually read it yet. Honestly there’s no better time to visit Austen’s world than the holidays when…

The insightful gift of hindsight

One year ago, I quit my job. More accurately, a year and a half ago I quit my job, but circumstances were such that I phased out very slowly. It was a blessing and a curse. Two years ago I decided I needed to move on from my job. I no longer felt that I…

Book Review: The Devil in the White City

This book was referred to me way back when I lived in Paris. A classmate knew I was from the Chicago-ish area and asked if I had ever read Erik Larson’s narrative on “murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America.” I hadn’t yet, but when I was told that the book was…