Five Acts of Self Care

We're experiencing a frustrating time just now over The Boy Child's high school placement.  What should have been a simple process has morphed into hours spent calling and emailing the so-called educational professionals in the search of a concrete answer.  And right in the middle of it, The Brainy One reminded me of something important … Continue reading Five Acts of Self Care

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading April 2018

I was late reading any novels this month.  The first 10 days or so of April were spent reading a guide book to Washington, DC and a map. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins:  I saw this reviewed in a post called Top 12 Beach Reads, and I loved it.  Imagine you married the love … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading April 2018

Right Now …

I'm currently ... Watching: Series 4 of Bosch on Amazon Prime.  Smart and complicated drama. Listening: Soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.  On repeat. Making: Project Life-style journaling cards for the 100 Day Project. Reading: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Planning: a birthday dinner party.  To mark a significant number. What are you up to?

For the Love of Books | Reading about London

Friends know that I love me a whole bunch of facts and figures.  Especially about my adopted home city.  The quirkier the better.Which is why I was delighted recently to be given a copy of Bizarre London by David Long.  Divided into twenty two chapters, it's perfect for dipping into ... opening at random and … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Reading about London

For The Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2018

~ window of Barnes and Noble, 5th Avenue, New York City ~ The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (on Kindle):  I loved, loved, loved this story and whipped through it over a few evenings.  I think it's the first time I've read a novel where you might consider the setting (no spoiler: it's set in … Continue reading For The Love of Books | Currently Reading March 2018

New York City | In Search of Books

I had a rough plan for my time in New York City and it consisted of all the things I'd wanted to see on previous visits, but hadn't got around to.  Only a few things on the list were what might you call a classic New York attraction.  Numbers #1 and #2 on my list … Continue reading New York City | In Search of Books

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading February 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Despite the subject matter, I found this a very easy read.  It's the true story of Lale Sokolov - how he survived the horrors of Auschwitz and found love along the way. Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (on the Kindle):  This was February's Book Club choice on … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading February 2018

London’s Independent Bookshops

Sadly, the UK has just one national chain of bookshops left.  Thankfully, there are numerous independent bookshops around the country that are managing to hang on and keep their doors open; London has some real gems. Here are three of my favourite: John Sandoe Books can be found just off the King's Road in Chelsea (nearest Tube: … Continue reading London’s Independent Bookshops

For the Love of Books | Reading about Death

The two year anniversaries for both Mum and Grandad Paddy have passed in the last few weeks, so it's not surprising that I've been reading about death this month.  Not in a morbid kind of way, but in a realistic and occasionally humorous kind of way. With the End in Mind | Dying, Death and … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Reading about Death

Recording My One Little Word in 2018

There was a time when every January, I signed up for Ali Edwards' year-long One Little Word workshop.  It invariably went one of two ways:  I stopped participating after 3 or 4 months, because I didn't feel Ali's suggestions weren't working for me, or I finished the 12 months and had a skinny (and usually odd-sized) album I … Continue reading Recording My One Little Word in 2018