Pacific Pots and Plants

I have two new loves in my life: Pacific Natural and a funky new euphorbia plant. (Well actually, I guess it’s three new loves because I crushed hard over this new terra cotta pot.) I have really been enjoying this book lately. Maybe I should take a step back and say I am really enjoying…

PLACEMAKER by Christie Purifoy

I am currently reading this beautiful book by Christie Purifoy, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace. The book releases in mid-March 2019 and will be a soothing balm for our overly-stressed, multi-tasking souls. Placemakers is for the home lover. The outdoor admirer. The family gatherer. The story collector. For the past decade I…

THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough

I recently finished this collection of speeches by David McCullough. His love for history is contagious and reignites my own B.A. in History. His many graduation commencement speeches are all laced with the plea for the graduates to continue to study history. Quoting American historian, Daniel Boorstin: Trying to plan for the future without a…

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, by Amor Towles

A very entertaining, albeit somewhat long-winded, novel. I’ve seen the buzz about this book all over my instagram. I ordered it months ago from Book of the Month, but only recently sat down to give it my full attention. SYNOPSIS: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is accused of being an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik…

January reads…

I had a lot of fun in 2018 – the Year of Reading. I read a variety of genres and soared through books each month. But this year – I’m taking it easy. I’m simply reading when I have an opening for it. People who read 200 books a year… I don’t know how they do…

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

“No matter your political beliefs…” is a phrase I have come to loathe. It invariably is followed by a veiled political view. That said, politics can be pushed aside when reading Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. The book gives a strong foundation from Michelle’s childhood to the breadth of work she did before ever entering the…

POET X

“The pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed on to them. It almost feels like the more I bruise the page, the quicker something inside me heals.”⠀ Without question, Poet X will be in my top five favorite books I’ve read this year. ⠀ I am such a fan of the…

“Save me a seat!”

“We all bring something unique to the table. And when we women sit at it, there is no doubt in my mind that it becomes a more compassionate, caring, and collaborative table. If you are a woman, never doubt that you belong at the table. Never doubt that you bring something to it. And never…

A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen

The original Murphy Brown TV show came out when I was in the throws of motherhood. I loved watching her show (from an old thing called a VCR -ha!) The writing was funny and her persona helped me feel more secure in womanhood. All things were possible. My mistake, however, was subconsciously assuming Murphy Brown was,…

Currently Reading

‘It’s funny about imagination, how it can add to your peril even while it momentarily comes to your rescue.’ ~ Ivan Doig, Last Bus to Wisdom⠀ Anyone with an active imagination probably read the above book excerpt and dealt with cockles and bumply goosebumps. (mischievous grin) ⠀ Oh how I am loving the lyrical prose…

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by Maxwell King

I finished listening to the audio version of The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. It was an in-depth look into his life and built a good foundation as to why Mr. Rogers became the man he was. How fastidious he was behind the scenes with the information he so gently passed…

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My typical M.O.? ⠀ Need a distraction: start a new book. ⠀ Let me talk a second about the critically acclaimed book I just finished, though: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. ⠀ Here was my Goodreads review. If you’ve read the book, I’m very curious about your thoughts…please share!⠀ Review:⠀ There are so many…