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Rethinking Possible   

 Rethinking Possible

"Everything happens for a reason." Ugh! I've often thought I would create a book of myths and this one would be the first one I attack. The second would be, "God doesn't give you more than you can handle." I've heard them all, dozens of times in dozens of circumstances from Forest's death, to Matthew's seizures, to Madison's autism, to my divorce, to my paralysis." more...
Operatic Divas & Naked Irishmen   

 Operatic Divas & Naked Irishmen

Who hasn't fantasized about running a bed and breakfast? These daydreams generally pop up right after a weekend in a charming little place, or after touring through an old mansion. A misty film falls over reality and visions of fresh baked scones float past, It must have been something like this that inspired Nancy R. Hinchliff to switch gears—and climates—at a time when most people are looking forward to cruises, punctuated with a little gardening. At age sixty-four, thrice divorced, she moves out of Chicago and heads for Louisville. more...
Wild Ideas   

 Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas: Creating from the Inside Out is not a book to be read in a rush. It's a book best read a few pages at a time, an excellent choice for those who, like me, want to read something inspiring and uplifting with their morning coffee. That's how I read this self-help book by Cathy Wild. more...
What Gold Buys   

 What Gold Buys

Autumn, 1880 in the Rocky Mountains' Leadville, CO is the idyllic setting for this excellent murder mystery. Amid winter's approaching chill and ever-present danger on the streets, the high stakes for great wins and losses abound everywhere in the Silver Rush community. Fascinating characters inhabit the nooks and crannies of the town, primarily Inez Stannert, operator and part-owner of the Silver Queen Saloon, along with part-owner African-American Abe Jackson, and part-owner Mark Stannert, Inez' former husband, just back from a fling that didn't work out. more...
Travels with Maggie   

 Travels with Maggie

To say I am not a seasoned traveler is an understatement. My husband David and I were too busy raising eight children to travel. I never even drove myself farther than forty miles until after David died in 2012, when I was in my fifties. It was his death that motivated my older sister, Joan, and her husband Dave, to sell their house and everything in it and take off in an RV to see the country, much as author Pat Bean did. more...
Watching Their Dance   

 Watching Their Dance

This memoir is a compelling story of love, of enormous stress, and of coping. As a young woman, Therese Crutcher-Marin weaves herself into the fabric of the Marin siblings, so different from her own family. Getting tangled in the fibers of Marin lives, she evolves through the paradox of committing without knowing what's ahead. She grows to accept her own obsessive-compulsive nature as perhaps a plus. more...
Rethinking Possible
Operatic Divas & Naked Irishmen
Wild Ideas
What Gold Buys
Travels with Maggie
Watching Their Dance

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Review of the Month


This is How it Begins by Joan Dempsey

As a Californian, it is hard for me to imagine twelve teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area getting fired because of their sexual preference. It doesn't make sense, yet the part of my brain lurking beneath my beliefs knows it could happen. Especially now.

After all, the Holocaust started because some people weren't watching when Hitler rose to power and the Nazis took away the rights of gays as well as Jews. The more I read, the more I appreciated that Joan Dempsey's This is How it Begins is unnerving because the potential for such discrimination could be real right now—especially if we aren't watching, commenting, and guarding against it. more...

B. Lynn Goodwin    Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice. She's written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). Talent was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women's Book Award.
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