Picture Book Review: Almost a Minyan

ALMOST A MINYAN by LORI S. KLINE ARTWORK BY SUSAN SIMON   Genre: Picture Book / Jewish Traditions Publisher: Sociosights Press  Facebook Twitter Date of Publication: April 5, 2017 Number of Pages: 40 Scroll down for Giveaway!   Will she be the one to take Grandfather’s place? According to Jewish tradition, a quorum of ten adults is [Read On]

A Letter To My Son on his 13th Birthday

Normally I write this annual post to my kiddo, but this year, my sweet husband wrote him a letter, and it’s so lovely that I’m posting it here instead. And not because my kiddo could misplace the actual letter at some point in time, because of course he won’t.  Dear Sam, Happy 13th birthday! Time has gone far too [Read On]

Putting a Fresh Face Forward: I Tried Microdermabrasion

  Fresh back from my trip to Cancun, I was relaxed and tanned. But despite careful and heavy use of sunscreen in the strong Mexican rays, my skin was not looking quite so refreshed as the rest of me. In fact, the fine lines around my eyes and on my forehead were more pronounced than ever. [Read On]

A *Belated* Letter to my Daughter on her 11th Birthday

Her birthday now and forever (while we are in this school district) falls during spring break – and this year, the resort wifi was unsecured and a bit problematic, so this post is late but well-intentioned. Dear Maddie, Happy 11th birthday, sweet girl. Every time I look at you, I marvel at the young woman [Read On]

Book Review: The Orphan’s Tale

I’m always intrigued by fact-based historical fiction and The Orphan’s Tale was inspired by two stories from WWII: that of a German circus who hid Jews among their performers, and one of the Nazis filling rail cars with Jewish babies from their families. One tale heroic, one horrific, both inspired an amazing book. If you haven’t read Pam Jenoff [Read On]

When A Habitual Overplanner Is Winging It

Back when I was single, traveling was easy. I’d book a trip with my friends and lob clothes in a suitcase the night before departure. At best, I’d pick up a new swimsuit and fresh sunscreen, but that would be it – if there was anything I desperately needed and forgot, I’d buy it at [Read On]

Review: Debris & Detritus, The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok

Someone once tried to convince me that anthologies were books for people with short attention spans. I prefer to think of them as a word buffet, with a multitude of delicious varied tastes, and I appreciate them because I can also devour them in small bites (if I can show self-restraint). If you feel the [Read On]

Reviewing Foy: On the Road to Lost

FOY:ON THE ROAD TO LOST by GORDON ATKINSON   Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Material Media LLC Facebook  I  Twitter Date of Publication: March 1, 2017 Number of Pages: 194   Scroll down for Giveaway! Gordon Atkinson, of the popular blog RealLivePreacher, brings us Foy, a recently- divorced, recently-resigned pastor in the midst of redefining personal [Read On]

Because Massages are Self-Care, too

Since I’m a general failure at resolution-related things, I thought I’d brag a bit about how I’m facing up to my “one word” to conquer self-care, health, well-being and focus/self-discipline. Two out of three ain’t bad. One of my goals was to take control of my health and well-being – mental and physical. I had to [Read On]

Two Twisty-Turny Psychological Thrillers

When the world feels upside down and my anxiety is through the roof, a fast-paced, tense roller-coaster of a psychological thriller through which I can funnel and filter that anxiety is often  just the thing I need. Forget a gentle, happy book. I need to work through my jitters and restlessness. In this case, I have just [Read On]