Bloganuary Day 5: What is something you wish you knew how to do?

Day 5 Prompt: What is something you wish you knew how to do? I wish I knew how to do a lot of things. I wish I spoke at least five languages, Japanese and Russian included; when I was a child I wanted to learn Arabic. I can knit but I’m not an advanced knitter.Continue reading “Bloganuary Day 5: What is something you wish you knew how to do?”

Day 3: Bradbury Reading Program

Essay: Fail Better by Zadie Smith “Style is a writer’s way of telling the truth. Literary success or failure, by this measure, depends not only on the refinement of words on a page, but in the refinement of a consciousness, what Aristotle called the education of the emotions.” I used to always think that IContinue reading “Day 3: Bradbury Reading Program”

Bloganuary Day 4: What was your favorite toy as a child?

I’ve decided to participate in WordPress’s Bloganuary challenge. I don’t know if I’ll participate every day but I’ll try my best to answer the prompts. Today’s prompt: What was your favorite toy as a child? This is a toss-up between two toys for me. As a child I was obsessed with two things: stuffed animalsContinue reading “Bloganuary Day 4: What was your favorite toy as a child?”

Day 2: Bradbury Reading Program

Essay: The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson “Great creeping Jesus, I thought. That screws the press credentials. I had a vision of some nerve-rattling geek all covered with matted hair and string-warts showing up in the press office and demanding Scanlan’s press packet. Well … what the hell? We couldContinue reading “Day 2: Bradbury Reading Program”

Day 1: Bradbury Reading Program

For my real New Year’s resolutions, I always try to make one small, realistic behavior change and actually stick with it. One year I gave up beef and pork; I still don’t eat beef and pork. (Before you come at me, last I checked, chicken was not a vegetable.) Anyway, for my 2022 resolution, IContinue reading “Day 1: Bradbury Reading Program”

Book Review: Mouth Full of Ashes by Briana Morgan

My Kindle became well-used during the pandemic, which finally made me get over my stigma about e-books. But then I found myself missing the tactile sensation of holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages, so I’ve bought more paperbacks and patronized the library more often lately. There is just something aboutContinue reading “Book Review: Mouth Full of Ashes by Briana Morgan”

Reflecting on 2021 and Setting Goals for Next Year

It’s pretty crazy to think that this is the last week of the year and the second year of the pandemic. I had hoped things would be different, but human nature has proved bewildering.  This time of year I usually reflect on what I’ve accomplished and look ahead to my goals for next year. UnfortunatelyContinue reading “Reflecting on 2021 and Setting Goals for Next Year”

Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix Harrow

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this story. I was sold by a feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but when I started reading I realized how heavily influenced by Disney versions of fairy tales and the Spider-verse this was and I started thinking it was too Millennial for me. Yes, I amContinue reading “Book Review: A Spindle Splintered by Alix Harrow”