Bookmarked: Reviews Q2 2020

Time will tell how the surreal months of April to June 2020 will be chronicled in history. I've heard many friends claim they haven't been able to focus on reading. For me, I've relied on reading and writing to escape the news of the day. From the Battle of Britain to the Latin American immigration…

Onward and Upward

The Washington Post, 5/31/2020: "The docking was a delicate and dangerous part of the mission. The spacecraft chased down the space station, traveling in orbit at 17,500 m.p.h., but then approached very slowly in a series of carefully choreographed maneuvers." SpaceX docked this afternoon, realizing its mission to deliver Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley…

Authors on (Virtual) Tour

I've discovered one silver lining to our current Stay at Home situation - virtual talks with authors. With the unfortunate cancellation of live book signings and author talks, at least many have taken to the Internet to share their stories and discuss their writings. I've participated in four over the past four weeks. Listening to…

Mother’s Day Bookish Gifts

Top Center: My Mom. Top Left: My paternal grandmother. Top Right: My maternal grandmother. Bottom Left: My paternal step-grandmother. Bottom Right: My paternal great-grandmother. First Gift Idea A gift for you, a gift for your mom: family legacy. Learn about the women in your family. Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story is a guided workbook…

Winning the Publication Game

“You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” ― Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird As in legal cases, the same goes for publishing - you rarely win, but sometimes you do. The only way you'll ever find out is by fighting the good fight. I'm continuing my fight toward publishing Eliza's story with another step…

Bookmarked: Reviews Q1 2020

The first three months of the new decade, 2020, will be marked in history. Our surreal month of March has made everyday utterances of Covid-19, social distancing and N59 masks. We'll all hope these terms will fade into the pages of history very soon. Until then, here are the books I read to start the…

Bookish Report of March 2020

Exhausted by an endless stream of news reports, without even the whir of the annoying dribble of March Madness to break up the facts, figures, myths and rumors? Feeling cabin fever set in after only two days of social distancing? Afraid binge-watching ten seasons of "Friends" in a single sitting may expand your derriere to…

International Women’s Day 2020

The first female doctors from India, Japan and Syria, as students at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885. (Photo: Legacy Center Archives, Drexel University College of Medicine). Repeated from my 2019 post: International Women’s Day