Not Your Typical Valentine

Valentine's Day, 2021: Sadness, Dismay & Anger I had drafted a post for today about love and relationships, using a sappy poem my main character receives from her love interest on Valentine's Day. Then, last night I unearthed another dark side of publishing which broke my heart: Piracy. After reading multiple five-star reviews of Kristin…

2020 Book Reviews: Reading

A well-read library is a well-toned mind. In a year marked by turmoil and uncertainty, I found reading sustained me to occupy my mind, body, and soul. From my favorite genre, historical fiction, to non-fiction to biographies to young adult, my reading list this year varied and held my interest to initiate thoughtful discussions. Below…

Celebrating Women in Medicine

Did you know September is Women in Medicine Month? What an incredible journey women have traveled and accomplishments they've made since my MC Eliza graduated from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1901. At that point, less than 5% of all physicians were women. In 2017, the percentage of U.S. medical school students hit…

100 Choices for Book Clubs

Opinion please - What's the best part of a memorable book club meeting? The wine served or the book discussion generated? Be honest. A glass, or two, of a good wine may get a discussion flowing, but for me, a successful meeting comes down to how many different comments and viewpoints surfaced. Thanks to many…

Women Celebrating Women

Another successful themed book club afternoon in the "books". I was eager to host this August to take full advantage of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification. Today's celebration falls between last week's August 18th - the day Tennessee became the 36th state to vote in favor which at the time provided…