Book Review

The Taster

The Taster by V.S. Alexander Published 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: World War II Germany ‘I shuddered. My life might end here. Not even the bombings in Berlin had forced me to face my mortality in such a brutal way. The thought that I might die for Hitler stunned me.’ Magda Ritter is a young… Read More The Taster

Book Review

A Man Called Ove

  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Published 2012. Genre: Upmarket. Setting: Though the book doesn’t give specifics, the reader assumes it takes place in contemporary Sweden. “And you should never befriend something if there’s a possibility it may take a fancy to eating you in your sleep.” Ove is a man who desires… Read More A Man Called Ove

Literature

The Last Arrow

My introduction to the legendary Robin Hood was the 1970’s era Disney film. Oh how I loved that fox. Looking back, he was a quintessential Robin Hood. Honorable, yet a rogue. Jovial, yet aggrieved by injustice. It was the perfect combination of traits to make a little girl want to search the woods for a… Read More The Last Arrow

Life, Writing

Summer Mom

Kid: Mom, I’m hungry. Me: Oh. What time is it? 3? I’m sorry. Just grab a snack, and we’ll have an early dinner. Kid: What’s for dinner? Me: Oh. I don’t know. Chipotle sound good? This pretty much sums up every day of this summer. Just change the name of the fast food establishment. Don’t… Read More Summer Mom

Writing

Guardians of the History

I am a member of the Historical and Time Slip Novels Book Club, and several recent posts concerned historical authenticity in novels. Do writers of historical fiction have a responsibility to their readers to represent accurately that period of history they are writing about? The answer is yes, but, like the other members of the group, I have seen writers… Read More Guardians of the History

Writing

Trash and Poetry

I recently cleaned out the cabinet into which I had sloughed the reams of paper that lined the years of my life.  It took me nearly a week to sort it all. One, because there was so much to go through, and two, because it was the most melancholy sort of time machine imaginable. I was sucked into… Read More Trash and Poetry

Life

Shakespeare As Life

Homeschooling my two kids this year has had its fair share of ups and downs. One upside is giving them a broader introduction to Shakespeare. Right now we are reading an interpretation of Hamlet titled Hamlet for Kids by Lois Burdett. We read several pages from this every day, recording the famous quotations, talking about… Read More Shakespeare As Life