2018. Word!

It’s no secret that I like words. I draw every now and then but quite often my nonverbal gestures are misunderstood. Suffice it to say I am a fan words, whether they are written or verbally communicated. Every year, I choose one word that I hope will define my experiences. Last year, I chose the…

Mortified

Amid the disenchantment surrounding Castro’s early 1980s regime and her husband’s failed attempts at organizing a revolution of his own, Soledad takes her two children, Ulises and Isabel, and flees, not to a pseudo-Cuban community of refugees in Miami but onward to Hartford, Connecticut. There, she begins a relationship with a foreigner, a Dutchman named…

The Long Answer

Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to write about. Other times, it feels like everything needs to be written down but the words that would capture the thoughts are just out of reach. Quite often, I experience a hybrid of those two extremes where everything that can be said, no matter how carefully chosen the…

Apple Picking Of A Different Kind

Although I’ve been in New York for several years and love all things fall related, I’ve never gone apple picking in an orchard. Every time, something comes up to railroad whatever plans I make to do that. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I jumped at a book tag where you associate books with varieties…

Using Media For Inspiration

Most of media consumption this week has been from YouTube – watching and contributing. Two videos I posted lately that you might not know about if you don’t subscribe to me there (hint: you should!) … a little chat about what I read in August where I try to figure out if I prefer male or…

Bout of Books Update and Others

My goals last week were to: Write creatively everyday and finish 2 short stories – I did that Record & upload 7 video reviews – I made 5 YouTube videos, not all reviews though Read 3 books – yes, see below Blog everyday  – I did Send snail mail to 3 people – I wrote…

Windfall

Together Mr and Mrs. Jha and their adult son, Rupak, are experiencing a windfall.  Anil Jha has worked his entire adult life in computers and his wife has worked with craftswomen, helping them secure markets for their local products.  Now both those pursuits have paid off. Their adult son, Rupak, has devoted himself to getting…

Bout of Books 20

Another read-a-thon challenge started yesterday and since I didn’t read all the books I’d planned last week, I am pushing the unread ones over to this week and participating in Bout of Books Round 20. Some of the books on my TBR will be familiar because I have listed them before but there are also…

#Eclipse2017

Did anyone actually get any work done around midday today when the world, or at least our part of it, paused to watch the solar eclipse. The eclipse didn’t happen the same way in New York, so I watched two YouTube feeds showing the event happening at different times in idaho and in South Carolina….

Running Plans And Otherwise

It’s been a couple of weeks since I ran. I was hoping to resume last week but recovering from my not-a-glamp camping trip took the better part of a couple of days and then the next few days got so busy what with trying to catch up on all that I had missed. Hopefully, this…

A Closer Book

My reading goal this year is to complete 102 books and I planned to record a short review or recap of each book on my YouTube channel as a way to remember not just what the book was about but also how I felt about the reading experience. That’s when I started my A Closer…

Still Here

Still Here by Lara Vapnyar tells the story of 4 Russian immigrants whose relationships resemble those of incestuous siblings – 30-something year old friends who have all dated each other and even the same gender friendships are described with vague homoerotic tones. Vica and Sergey are married to each other but before that, Sergey dated Regina….