84 books in 2020 Did you know you don't have to always find a silver lining? Sometimes it's OK to say that a hard year was difficult, unpleasant, unwelcome and unfair. This year was brutal and yeah, it's cool I read 80+ books but given the choice, I'd read zero books and have zero people… Continue reading What I Read in 2020
The two words I associate with the Christmas season of this pandemic year are:Simple & Community I have long disdained the commercialism and shopping associated with American Christmas, so there's something potent to me about in person-shopping and crowded malls spreading a deadly virus this year. Avoid the mall? No. Problem.This isn't the first year… Continue reading A Simple Solstice
When I lived in Cape Town I learned that two insulting things to call people were "hectic" and "busy." Having too much going on was negative. Being unable to unwind or just exist in the moment was pitiable. But in the nine years I've been back in the US, I've become the hectic one. I've… Continue reading You cannot conquer time.
I have been taking long walks as often as possible, because I am addicted to the audiobook of Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale by J Sheridan Le Fanu, originally published 26 years before Dracula. And it's not just because the protagonist is named Laura, okay? 18-year-old Laura is whipped into a frenzy by a friendship with… Continue reading Vampire stories in the woods
October / Autumn Equinox / Halloween are times to visit other worlds and celebrate in the face of the darkening days. But I still maintain that mid-summer is for horror. The sun can be brutal, the heat pushes us past our limits. Maybe we hallucinate, maybe we can't get to sleep because the days stretch… Continue reading Spooky Summer Reads