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…

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

Below are some Mother's Day gift ideas with book choices recommended through a Facebook poll for the special woman in your life - mother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, niece or friend - anyone who should be celebrated for their role as a mother. IDEAS My Recommendations Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See paired…

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…