Mourning the death of a familiar stranger

(Photo Credit: Steve Alexander (originally posted to Flickr as Glenn Frey) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons) In recent days, we’ve lost famous names we all know: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey. Many of us have cried, or otherwise felt such deep sadness over their passing. Someone wondered why we mourn these people that we don’t know.  I think […]

Reading and exercising your brain

You may or may not realize this, but I’m a very introverted, shy person. I’m not comfortable in crowds, I don’t like being the center of attention (which is why I don’t have any video posts, although I am considering changing that), and given the choice, I’d rather stay home any day. Which is why reading is so vital to […]

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge

As a writer, it’s probably pretty obvious that one of my biggest hobbies is reading. Last year, I participated in Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. I set a goal of 75 books, and read 77. Because of that, I set my goal at 80 books this year. I wanted to challenge myself, of course. That is the point, after all, right? […]

Finding my routine after the new year

We rang in the new year, slept in on the first day of 2016, and took down the Christmas decorations on the second day of the year. The weekend was cold and rainy for us, so that meant it was also very lazy and relaxed. This, of course, means that today, I’m a little off-balance. It’s still rather chilly, although […]