We’re all related

I’ve always believed that there’s only one race, the human race. What most people describe as “race,” is actually “culture.” Ethnically I’m Scandinavian, British, Irish, Iberian, Western European, and a teensy bit Eastern European, Southern European, Russian/Georgian/Armenian/Azerbaijani, and North African. Culturally, I identify most as American, of course, but I would call myself German American…

There is no humane way to separate a family

This is not new information. Look at kids who come from extreme poverty, “the streets,” orphanages, and foster care. They have the same issues with emotional and cognitive development referenced here regarding these children at the border.  (This is why trauma-informed care in all areas is so incredibly important!!) I am horrified, but not surprised. Horrified…

Cooking on Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the man who introduced us to nature, history, hunting, and improvisational cooking! Speaking of cooking… in Dad’s honor, I messed around with one of my favorite recipes. I am out of potatoes, but had an abundance of lemons, and did not want to dirty up a bunch of bowls like I…

Drinking While Reading

Coffee is one of my favorite beverages, and true crime is definitely a favorite genre. I’ve only read one other Ann Rule book; I loved it, so I have great expectations for this one!

The Fourth of July

Colored lights flash through our bedroom window against our wall–reds, yellows, blues, and greens. It was like someone had hung a disco ball right outside our window, we could see the lights, but not participate in making the colors. I stretched my neck as far as I could, but the top bunk was just too…

Right Between the Eyes

Before we moved to the country, Dad hunted with his friends from work on his days off. On the days he did not go with them, sometimes we went as a family. One afternoon in late fall, when I was in kindergarten, I got to go with Dad to check his coyote snares. We had…

Gift to Myself

Of course, I buy this for myself… prequels are important, especially when you haven’t even finished the series (hell, Georgie hasn’t even finished the series!).

Furiously Happy!

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to Jenny Lawson via her blog. Then I found her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. and I’ve never looked back. I love her raw approach to seeing the darkness of the world with tongue-in-cheek. I’m not quite half way done with Furiously Happy, but I tell you what,…

Sharp Objects

I could not put this Sharp Objects down! Ms. Flynn is a master story teller – in the best, creepiest way possible. I guessed “whodunit” about half way through, but that did not ruin the story, not by a long shot. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a…

I don’t want to be armed

I’m going to go out on a limb here — if the United States actually put money into schools for classroom supplies, support staff (like para-educators, mentors, security officers), counseling, therapy, mentoring, clubs, parenting classes, childcare for teen parents, anger management programs, multiple alternative education options (including adult classes, classes for those suspended etc), anti-gang…

Literary Ink

I grew up with Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Two Years Before the Mast — this is my tribute.