I read this collection of poems by blogger and author Colin Chappell as part of my celebration of National Poetry Month in April. As Colin describes his book, it is… “A little book for when you have a little time with some little writings, which may produce some little thoughts.” And producing thoughts based on … Continue reading “JUST THINKING: A Review”


When I was in sixth grade, my teacher impressed on me that once you started reading a book, you had a “moral obligation” to finish it. One evening, after I was married, I was struggling to finish a 500 page book I was definitely not enjoying. My Better Half advised me to “Go ahead and … Continue reading “ADJUSTING MY THINKING”

FACES OF OPPRESSION AND THE PRICE OF JUSTICE, A Woman’s Journey from Eritrea to Saudi Arabia and Then The United States: A Review

Published in 2017 by Dewit O. Woldu and Irvin Bromall, this “composite story” reflects refugees’ experiences in seeking asylum in the USA.  Woldu relays the story of “Natsnet” who journeyed from Eritrea to Saudi Arabia, then finally to Florida. The book is a personal ethnography dealing with abuse of human rights and the “burdens that … Continue reading “FACES OF OPPRESSION AND THE PRICE OF JUSTICE, A Woman’s Journey from Eritrea to Saudi Arabia and Then The United States: A Review”


On this first day of April, National Poetry Month, I have some personal goals and plans to celebrate poetry. I began with a trip to a primary school located across from my subdivision where I volunteer in the library and have been helping students write in Mrs. Villarreal’s bilingual first-grade class. We finished our spotlight … Continue reading “POETRY MONTH IMPORTANT DATES”


It is Friday again, and time for First Line Fridays. Today’s first line is from blogging friend, Colin Chappell’s and CarolynShelton’s Odessa Chronicles, which I plan to start tonight. Introduction    We’re Going to be in a Book! “There was a familiar whoosh-whoosh sound as Odessa flew down from her roof beam, and landed on the floor … Continue reading “FIRST LINE FRIDAYS: A Preview”

HALFWAY FINISHED: The Alphabet Challenge

Today I finished Joyce Carol Oates’, The Man Without a Shadow (to be reviewed on this blog soon).  This marks the halfway mark another blogger and I took on together to read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet (not counting “A,” “An,” and “The.”).  We have both decided to take a break … Continue reading “HALFWAY FINISHED: The Alphabet Challenge”


The last time I did one of these was April 15th. I could blame it on the end of the semester; I could blame it on having back and foot trouble and having to schedule doctor’s visits and “down times,” but I guess I’d better “‘fess up” and tell the truth–I have been incredibly lazy. … Continue reading “SUNDAY (EVENING) POST”


Inspired by National Poetry Month, I have been reading more poetry than I have in many years. These few quotes about poetry are worth sharing: “Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.”  Don Marquis, creator of Archie and Mehitibel “Poetry comes fine, spun from a mind at peace.”  Ovid “Poetry is the record of the best … Continue reading “READING OUTSIDE ONE’S USUAL GENRE’”


I have just finished the road-trip books by Roland Merullo that have a philosophy side to them. I was hooked early on by Breakfast with Buddha ,the first book in the series and really enjoyed meeting Otto, his screwy sister, and her boyfriend, the semi-Buddhist priest, Rimproche. At first I was skeptical (as was Otto) … Continue reading “DRIVING WITH BUDDHA”


Tuesday Teaser, which I first  found on Sarah’s “Brainfluff” is a meme that asks the blogger to copy a few sentences at random from his/her current read in order to tease readers into reading the same book. Read mine and let me know if you think you might read it, then place your own tease … Continue reading “TUESDAY TEASER”