No place in my home gets enough sunlight to start seeds, so I'm trying something new. These are potential basil plants for the garden. We'll see how they do.
I skipped a month of reading recommendations, mostly because I spent the remainder of this long and lingering winter reading light and pulpy books that were entertaining in the moment but hardly worthy of lasting recommendation. I do have two gems from these two months to pass on to you, however. Continuing my memoir kick, … Continue reading Reading February-March 2018: Born a Crime and The Reapers Are the Angels
I'm hoping to get back into more or less regular blogging by highlighting some of my favorite reads, both on- and offline. When I was a teen, The Breakfast Club was a favorite among my set of friends. My girlfriends and I had a choice of dreamy bad boy or dreamy jock for crush material--no one thought … Continue reading Reading: Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club”
I have recently completed a two-year series of courses in professional editing at University of California, Berkeley, to update my copyediting, substantive editing, and proofreading skills. I am now officially seeking writing, editing, and content management work--contract, part-time, or full-time. I have years of nonprofit and ICT experience, so if you are looking for editing … Continue reading Certification in professional editing
I'm trying something a bit different this year, in hopes of keeping the blog more or less regularly updated: posting my reading recommendations at the end of each month. I will share with you my favorite reads of the month, plus other recommendations (and I'll keep the 'meh' reads to myself). My favorite two reads … Continue reading Reading January 2018: Hunger and Sleeping Beauties
At the end of each year, I round up my favorite five reads of the year--although not all of them were necessarily published this year. This year overall was a good year for reading. I discovered the Nocturnal Readers' box, a monthly mystery box of horror and dark fiction, which although it contained some real … Continue reading Favorite reads of 2017
When looking forward to a new year, I find it more effective to choose words to focus on rather than to make resolutions. My focal words for the coming year are kindness, compassion, and patience.
I have only read Laurie Penny online, but now she is on my list of writers to watch. (This is also how I discovered Rebecca Solnit, author of the fantastic Men Explain Things to Me.) Here are three of Penny's recent essays, written in response to the wave of sexual harassment revelations made in recent months. I … Continue reading The Writing of Laurie Penny
Happy Halloween! Here's a good read for you: the true story behind the “true story” of the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies. I remember reading this book as a tween and being absolutely convinced it was all true (I have … Continue reading The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror
Autumn is my favorite time of year. The crisp weather, the leaves turning, the light getting slantier--this is the perfect time to settle in with a spooky story, which happens to be my favorite kind of story. And even though Halloween is tomorrow, it's not too late to get your spook on. Here are few … Continue reading Halloween Reading