Things to write about

Write about a time you forgot something. Write about the moment you thought it was the end. Write about grief. Write about disappointment. Write about the time you couldn’t remember someone’s name. Write about the person whose name you immediately remembered. Write about when you couldn’t find what you were looking for. Write about the…

Lessons of Love and Secrecy

Warlight By Michael Ondaatje 285 pages, Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 We order our lives with barely held stories. Warlight, the seventh novel from Michael Ondaatje, is really composed of two stories. The first is two children learning to live without their parents, who seemingly abandoned them, and the second, told decades later, is the son’s journey…

Why do you post your monthly favorites?

I got the idea for monthly favorites from YouTube "influencers". They post their favorite things at the end of each month, which are typically products like makeup, workout gear, snacks, tech, and clothing. Their monthly favorites are usually things. While my monthly favorites sometimes include products I enjoy, I make a conscious effort to include…

The Secret Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben 251 pages, Greystone Books Ltd., Vancouver/Berkeley 2016 Originally published in Germany in 2015 as Das geheime Leben der Bäume A conversation in the 2009 film Avatar distills a central theme about two conflicting relationships towards nature. In the…