This Again, But Different.

*Trigger Warning: This post discusses pregnancy loss & miscarriage.* My body has become a vessel for death. An earthly burial ground for, now, three souls unable to find life on this side of heaven because my body failed. I am blank. The world around me is simultaneously stopped and spinning. I understand that for some…

Book Review: The Heirs

Family secrets have a way of making themselves known at the most inconvenient times. In Susan Rieger’s The Heirs, we are introduced to Rupert Falkes and his well-to-do Manhattan family. As Rupert succumbs to a long illness, Rieger gives readers a compelling glimpse into the complex lives of his heirs apparent, as they navigate the…

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TRIGGER WARNING – *If you’re triggered by graphic talk of pregnancy/baby loss and grief, this is not a safe read for you.* — It was a Monday in September.   I remember walking around our apartment that morning daydreaming about who I’d tell I was pregnant first. I pictured showing up in my hometown unannounced…

Book Review: The Power of Broke

“…[B]roke only breaks you if you let it.” Daymond John, founder of FUBU and affectionately known as “the People’s Shark” for his role on the ABC hit Shark Tank, is the epitome of an entrepreneur with grit, hustle, and determination. But, his book The Power of Broke is less of a how-to strategy guide, and…

Book Review: GONE // Min Kym

Min Kym’s memoir GONE: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung is a stunning reflection of a child prodigy who finds her talent suffocated to near death by the theft of her prized Stradavarius. Min Kym artfully recounts aspects of her life balancing Korean culture with her status as a child violin prodigy. Her love affair with…

Book Review: Unfair

Unfair by Adam Benforado is an approachable journey into the complex world of law and criminal justice. As a recovering attorney, I appreciate perspectives and voices that attempt to expand our understanding of how the flaws of our justice system impact some of our population’s most vulnerable. I suggest reading this book in chunks –…

Book Review: somethingtofoodabout

“This book is about food in America, but it isn’t really about food, and it doesn’t start in America.” I love food. I love looking at food. I love eating food. And yet, I realize that as much of the world has the opportunity to experience the luxury and the art of food, there are…

Book Review: The Acrylic Painter

James Van Patten‘s new release is the perfect companion for the acrylic painter, experienced and unexperienced. This is an excellent book to add to your library if you’re interested in learning more about painting with acrylics, but also if you need a refresher after working with the medium for a while. Discussing everything from tools to…

BOOK REVIEW: A Good Food Day

We’ve worked our way through Good Food Day for a while. It’s a visually stunning book, but sometimes the recipes were a bit overwhelming.

Life Interrupted

It’s still ticking in my Countdown app. 16 DAYS 5 HOURS 5 MINUTES and 33 SECONDS as of this minute. It was my freedom date. A date I dreamed about for years. A date I longed for to the point of exhaustion. And the entire time I felt God leading me in that direction. I…

This Will Get Really Interesting Really Fast

Let’s not make this more profound than it needs to be. Last week, after years of dying a slow agonizing death of trying to fit into the world’s idea of who I am, I made a decision.  In ten weeks, I will log off of that computer, swipe that badge, and walk out that door…

When Love is What Remains

Every time I see her she tells me how much she misses her husband. He’s usually in the next room. And she watches as over 60 years of memories slowly dissipate like a mist before her eyes. But, he hasn’t forgotten how much he loves her. And somehow the playful flirting that probably kept their…