Chocolate

I consume copious amounts of chocolate; two kinds- dark and the very dark. I prefer bean to bar. I wish I was a journalist, a chocolate one. I could travel to conferences, sample bars from every land and write about it. My friend and I,( a fellow chocoholic) often talk about our chocolate shop. We…

Rate this:

Silent Mornings

When I run, I  watch, I breathe, purposefully, mindfully, and everything seems to have an ease. It is a simple place, this trail, the grounding it gives me, the sun’s reflection on the water. And yet, it feels big. Bigger than me, my worries, my sadness. A place where nature takes over; birds, otters, owls,…

Rate this:

Anxiety in my house

Anxiety usually creeps into my house at night, when all are tired and moods have shifted. It surrounds us with a gloomy shroud, a fine mist of dread, ambivalence and upset, enough to make the strongest of minds find doubt and feel weak. We have experienced much of this in the past few months with…

Rate this:

I quote Saturdays -Solitude

`Solitude is that time of day when bursts of beauty so unimaginable, find you. Thoughts that feel bigger than you, have no power against that precious time where your truth can finally come out, where every breath is the simple awareness that you are alive and present. When I run, it is my time to…

Rate this:

2018 is here

It’s strange to see myself as a statistic on my blog. 2017 must have been a terrible year for I have not posted since July they say. That’s five months.  I did have a wander around the world though, it brought us all great joy. Loved working on the post that followed with photos that…

Rate this:

Wandering the world – Girona, Catalunya

Girona, the city of four rivers with its peeling church bells and beautiful stone bridges, lies to the southwest of Barcelona, where visitors are invited to a historic center that is a stunning labyrinth of medieval corridors standing tall over the entire city. We visited on a warm day when the sky welcomed all of…

Rate this:

Wandering the world -Barcelona

I’ve been away for so long, I feel if I have forgotten how to write. I’ve read some incredible books and have plenty of drafts, but I just couldn’t seem to write enough about them. I stopped and went back to reading, I’m hoping it will all come back to me. Wandering around the world…

Rate this:

I quote Saturdays – challenged

When I do not write, I feel challenged. As if i am off my axis. I’m happy to be posting just for today. Life is funny. It has an uncanny way of showing you how much time you waste. Over thinking, steeped in anxiety, path unclear and exhausted. When I am tired I step into…

Rate this:

Honoring Dr. King

Read today, read everyday. When you write, when your readers smile, when you teach, when little minds absorb. When you save lives, when you spare kindness, when you smile and say hello, we honor our activists. Send light to yourself, to all who need lifting, to the deepest of anxieties, to the hope that exists…

Rate this:

I Quote Saturdays – Light

Light seeps in when we least expect it. Into all those broken bits, it trickles. Into corners it settles. Lifting, smiling, gladdening. When we are broken, when we have lost, when we cannot fathom, light shines bright, with hope, with love and with spirit. A New Year embraced in other parts of the world. A…

Rate this:

I Quote Saturdays – together we shine

Waking up this morning, after a dinner conversation with friends last evening, my positive energy snapped. I looked out to embrace the sun shining brightly, seeping into the smallest crevices of my home, casting shadows on my floor, reminding me to dust. A gentle nudge of light often renews energy. As I warmed up to what…

Rate this:

I miss courtesy

I miss courtesy. I want it back. Courtesy knows how to accept insults and move beyond. It knows a simple handshake isn’t a nod to I like you or I loathe you, It is just a gesture of jolly good, let’s get on with it and see how we do. It seems to me when…

Rate this:

I Quote Saturdays – Women

As I watch election coverage reach a feverish high, I am reminded of how important my role is in making sure I raise my girls to be present, kind and unselfish in their attitudes, so the world takes on two more citizens that give to their community than take with a touch of entitlement. As…

Rate this:

Book Review – Longbourn By Jo Baker

Longbourn is all a flutter, Netherfield has a new master, a ball is to be had and the Bennet girls are beyond excited as they prepare to be at one of society’s most elegant events. Mrs Bennet who finds it insufferable that her daughters aren’t married, makes procuring a husband  at this event her sole…

Rate this:

I quote Saturdays – Changing the world

Somewhere inside all of us… says Roald Dahl. Somewhere in all of us humans is the power to change how we perceive, how we act and most importantly how we accept. In the last few days we’ve watched in horror as unbidden, horrendous attacks on innocent lives have unfolded – Orlando, Istanbul and now Dhaka….

Rate this:

Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clarke is vulnerable. She’s survived, only barely. Lou’s survived love, loss, friendship and the judgement that came with her decision to love a man so much, she watched him leave her; physically and mentally. When I read Me Before You, Jojo Moyes heartbreaking novel about a paraplegic and his view of the world, I…

Rate this:

Book Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

 Chris Cleave writes of war, relationships, jam making and blackberries with a natural ability to craft language into something so subliminal, this novel about World War II is an ode to the written word. It is my first time reading anything by Cleave. Little Bee and Incendiary are now on my TBR list. Cleave’s words…

Rate this:

I quote Saturdays – Tolerance and Light

Today, when Buddhists all over the world honor the Buddha and his message of benevolent love, compassion, light and non-violence, as they celebrate his birth and passing with lanterns and light, sitting, being, listening, I watch a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, my birthplace, struggle with devastating floods. I watch the incessant monsoon, our planet…

Rate this:

Away

Away isn’t always good when you want to be blogging, posting and commenting, but away I’ve been. Spring break, volunteering, teaching art and job hunting. I’ve hiked, I’ve read, I went to the beach.  We took photos –  they will speak their own story. Hiking in the rain at Helen Putnam regional park – I…

Rate this:

Book Review: The Storm Sister ( The Seven Sisters#2) by Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley’s Storm Sister swept into my home on a chilly, blustery day and I was immediately immersed. Cup of tea and chocolate in hand, I fell headlong into her exquisite follow-up to The Seven Sisters( Maia’s story). I read the book during my Christmas break, and sort of held on to the review, until…

Rate this:

The Flu is Truly an Artist

The Flu is an artist. A special virus. Flashy. Modern. Not unlike Picasso, Miró and Gaudi. Although it isn’t Spanish and they are incomparable. It’s slightly odd comparing the flu to art but I tend to think in color. I recently taught my daughter’s class how to express like Miró. Maybe that’s why. This flu is…

Rate this:

I accept The Bookfangirling Award

  I love an award. I always hope to take the time to thank the person who nominated me, and then nominate others in my community, so we can all celebrate each other. I’ve not been able to post on any of the awards this past year. So I’m starting afresh with this fun award…

Rate this:

Not Forgotten. Loved Always.

With the words Expecto Patronum, a silver doe appeared. An enduring love we did not expect. We read, then watched, as only he could portray the man who uttered that most feared killing curse, Avada Kedavra. In utter disbelief I read and re-read the words, a baby in my arms, as Professor Dumbledore fell to…

Rate this: