Crunchy Granola

I took this photo last summer as part of the #BlissPhotoADay Challenge. The prompt for that day was crunchy. I have granola for breakfast every morning, along with some fruit and fat-free plain yogurt. Of course, fresh fruit is best, but I often use frozen, and sometimes I use canned or dried. It’s all good, […]

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TED Talk: How books can open your mind

If you’re not familiar with TED, it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and their tagline is Ideas Worth Spreading. The first TED conference was held in 1984, and now thousands of independently organized TEDx events are held around the world every year. Each TED Talk is only about 10-15 minutes long, and most (if […]

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The Happiness Project

So far my 2015 Reading Challenge is right on track. Yes, I realize it’s still January, but I’ve completed the first challenge: a book I’ve been meaning to read. I first heard of Gretchen Rubin and her happiness project in 2008, when my friend Alex Fayle interviewed her for his Someday Syndrome blog. After the […]

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Ten Years

Since I’m a big fan of romantic comedies, whether novels or movies, it was no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed reading What Alice Forgot. It hooked me in very quickly (the quote I used in my last post came from page 6) and held my interest not just because of the story and characters, but because […]

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I wish I could create a Restore point when I’m knitting, for those times when I totally mess things up.

We’re all in the end-of-our-life book club, whether we acknowledge it or not; each book we read may well be the last, each conversation the final one.

Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club


When do you feel grown up?

My mom passed away a couple of months before I turned 40. Not too long before that, I told her I’d always thought 40 would feel more grown up than this. She smiled, knowingly. That’s the first time I clued in that age really is just a number. We are who we are, and even […]

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I love a good challenge!

I joined Goodreads late in 2010, and loved the way it allowed me to organize my past, current, and future reading activities, as well as the social aspects of the site. During 2011 I noticed that other members of the site were in a reading challenge where they set a goal to read a certain […]

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