Music Monday: Come On Get Happy by The Partridge Family

"So much wasted time." I read the Twitter moment quoting David Cassidy's final words, shared by his daughter Katie (aka Black Canary on Arrow.) Cassidy's passing had many women reflect on their teen years with his picture on their walls, spinning his records as the soundtrack to their fantasies. I watched the reruns like everyone …

Book Talk: People I Want to Punch In The Throat by Jen Mann

Jen Mann represents one of many bloggers, like Jen Lawson, turning their blog into a book, in this case, a no-holds-barred look at parenting in the suburbs.  Her book also represents why I love libraries so much. In a bookstore, I never touch the parenting section unless a book shows up a gift list, this …

To Light My Way Through The Darkness

Last year I purchased this item, a Phillips brand alarm clock that uses light and bird sound to wake me up: The light simulates a sunrise, an important thing at 5:30 am in a dark room, in mid-November.  Compared to last year, the need to hit snooze has declined, and having my coffeemaker perk at …

Music Monday: Learn To Let It Go by Kesha

I think it's time to practice what I preach Exorcise the demons inside me Whoa, gotta learn to let it go The past can't haunt me if I don't let it Live and learn and never forget it Whoa, gotta learn to let it go https://youtu.be/Xx1RSj4biO4

Sage Advice Before NaNoWriMo: Roxane Gay

Like most writers, I was able to write a novel without explicit instruction, and that’s probably for the best. There are some things we should figure out for ourselves. --Roxane Gay  

PrepTober Periods Before NaNoWriMo2017

I thought long and hard about participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month. I have done one every year since 2008, under an old username, in the middle of the third term during the library tech program. It's a way to get rid of the critical voice and do the first draft. If I …

Music Monday: OK By Robin Schultz Featuring James Blunt

Endings are autumn's dominant metaphor from the leaves falling from trees to the sun going down earlier and earlier. We go back to school, at least some of us, we harvest our gardens, put away the summer pots, and some choose that moment to end things in life. When I attended mass, the first reading …