The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – A review

This début novel by Helene Wecker is one you seek when you want an intellectual challenge. When you have questions about existentialism. When you wish for a novel so extraordinary, It falls into your hands on an ordinary sort of day. It is that one book you hope to find in a small mysterious book store,…

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Books, Films and Friends – a year gone by

A beautiful time of year where torrents of rain( the drought gods heard us) muddy running trails and end of year goodbyes take over. A school play to celebrate and a new-found love of drama challenged the inner actress of a certain 11 yr old in my house. House all done up, warm and cozy,…

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A California Stop and a Ticket

I made a California Stop. A what? You heard me. A California Stop. It began like any other day. A beautiful, cloudless Sonoma afternoon. A warm, sunny        3 pm. I remember it well. I did the school pick up and drove happily away with my chicks, chatting endlessly about dramatic friends and…

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What’s in your flu shot?

Do you know what’s in your flu shot?  I don’t. Um, well, except for egg that is. Or maybe, that’s just the children’s shot. Is it  H1N1, or H3N2? I don’t understand why I’m constantly asked if I would like a four strain or three strain shot. It feels like a probiotic. Now that, I…

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The Railway Man and other things with Colin Firth

Dear Colin, I’ve missed chatting. It’s been a year. A whole year. I do enjoy a good conversation with you. Which let’s face it, generally pops up in my head, where I imagine you’re listening whilst nodding politely. Probably not that politely, well, politely enough. You’re just that sort of person aren’t you? Quite a…

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Words and Pictures – where would we be without them?

I watched a movie this past week and I did something I rarely, if not very infrequently do. I became involved in the film. Well, not that I was a part of Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche’s lively dialogue. Although if Clive had invited me, um, I wouldn’t have hesitated. I would’ve jumped, leaped, done…

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

I had imagined numerous ways ‘The Book of Life’ – Part III in the All Souls Trilogy- might end. So much so that I had this sudden urge to check if I had developed magical abilities. If I could have summoned the book into my hands, I would have done it. Two seconds of a…

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Is it me or is the world shifting?

Things feel a little off lately. Running around in haste. No letters to Colin, no funny bits about his new film, Magic in the Moonlight, and er, well, no time to chat on the phone. He is really quite busy. I’ve some partially written book reviews – fabulous books really. I’ve read and read but…

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Walking Around the World – Sri Lanka ( Part II)

My month-long journey in and around Sri Lanka was filled with so much joy. And yet it was my mum and the strong bond that is simply ours, that brought me the most amount of peace. The time was ours to enjoy, reminisce and grieve –  my dad who is no longer with us(passed away…

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Walking around the world – Sri Lanka ( Part 1)

I love exploring. Any part of the world, any part of my city, state or country. Going back to my country of birth is no exception because there is a deep connection to its centuries old history and its beautiful space on our planet. I go by the thinking – the tiniest places on earth…

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Good to be back..

I’ve been gone awhile. It feels like years. I’ve missed you all. I really do apologize for not posting regularly, for missing out on your posts and for not commenting as often as I used to. I’ve tried to keep up, I really have.  I don’t think I would get an A for effort. Hmm,…

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Why can’t a playground be just a playground?

I’ve been a busy person but I always make sure to keep up with the news. In fact lately, I’ve made it a point to keep up with the rain. We are in a crisis after all, um, a very grave water crisis. No sign of a downpour, not even heavy rain. Er, we had…

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Why Sherlock Holmes stirs my mind..

I am obsessed. No, it isn’t Colin Firth. Although I could talk about him if you’d like. I haven’t in a while. This is far worse, I’ve watched it three times already and I am going back to read the books. I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. Season three finale was on again last night….

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Ode to my favorite literary romances

In honor of Valentines day, I wanted to celebrate some of my favorite literary pairings. Now er, romantic pairings that are syrupy, and border on the syrupy, are not my cup of tea. Although, if you hand me some really dark chocolate, I would succumb to the cocoa bean rather than read syrup. Either that,…

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Book Review :The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh

Heather Walsh’s the Drake Equation with its most alluring cover, intrigued me immediately. In astronomical terms, The Drake Equation is the scientific argument that questions whether active intelligent life might exist in our galaxy, based on Frank Drake’s theory. The book, is an intellectual look into human nature;  a true meeting of minds. Walsh’s characters…

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10 Things I learned in Costa Rica

My mother in-law who passed away recently, always gave me some wonderful insights. Whilst we were all together in Costa Rica a few weeks ago, I took as many photos as I could. As part of my walking around the world series – here’s what I learned… I learned how colorful, beautiful and welcoming Costa…

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Book Review: Bridget Jones – Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding

I watched Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason last night. I could watch it many times over, a  bit like Pride and Prejudice, that one. I needed to see that proposal one more time, particularly since things/dynamics have changed in this new book. That last kiss – one that gave us hope of things…

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A year gone by

A most interesting year. It’s gone, but I look back today, the first of the New Year and celebrate with gratitude. With love for those we lost. A beautiful, funny and sincere friend I met on WordPress – introduced by my dearest Jen – Thank you. A friend I never met face to face, but…

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Interview with author Jane Odiwe

 I am thrilled to welcome author and artist Jane Odiwe as part of the Blog tour for her new book Project Darcy. Jane is also the author of Lydia Bennet’s story and Willoughby’s Return and has written two of my favorite Austen sequels to date – Searching For Captain Wentworth and Mr Darcy’s Secret. Jane has a fantastic…

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Book Review: Project Darcy By Jane Odiwe

cover photo provided by Jane Odiwe Author Jane Odiwe’s latest novel Project Darcy is a beautifully written story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Exquisite imagery accompanied by an intriguing tale of a modern-day heroine and her travels into the past, embodying the life of Jane Austen in the Winter of 1796, gives the…

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Book Review : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I had a sense of déjà vu when I opened Me Before You. It is inexplicable. I felt such a keen connection with the characters and yet, that connection was strange for I knew nothing about the author. I knew not to expect an epic finale, one of those mind altering, shivers down your spine…

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Gluten free pizza

I’ve been away. Um, not on a trip, I wish I had gone on a trip. Somewhere lush and green with figs, honey & halloumi… er, I’m craving figs and honey drizzled Cypriot halloumi. I’ve missed everyone. I’ve been on mummy duties and it has been non-stop. Well, it doesn’t ever stop, but I’ve not…

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A Change is coming…

The winds of change make me cringe. I can smell it a mile away. It is like a sniff of air that is about to explode with hail, rain and storm. I do not like change. Allow me to clarify, I don’t like negative change. No, absolutely not. Unless we are moving to Tuscany, to…

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Book Review:The House at the End of Hope Street By Menna van Praag

    With her intriguingly beautiful name, Menna van Praag invited me in. She opened the door to The House at the End of Hope Street. “at night the house looks like a Victorian orphanage housing a hundred despairing souls, but when the clouds part and it is lit by moonlight, the house appears enchanted. As…

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Being Present – How it can help

I am doing something different today, I’m shelving my book reviews for a day, I’ve stopped reading for a few hours and I’m trying not to think of Colin Firth’s immense twelve-foot statue, white shirt and all, being unveiled on a lake at Hyde Park – slightly creepy if you ask me, I adore the…

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