Tsundoku – a word for all bibliophiles

A dear friend gave me the book Lost in Translation. It’s full of interesting words in different languages that are unique to a specific language or culture. Today, I’m sharing the word tsundoku which is a Japanese word for leaving a book unread. This basically describes my TBR shelves; yes I have more than one!Continue reading “Tsundoku – a word for all bibliophiles”

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was a favorite of mine growing up. At the time Brooklyn didn’t have special meaning to me, more on this in a minute, but I loved the immigrant story in this and another cherished book “All of a Kind Family.” That book was closer to my own family’sContinue reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

December Creekside Hike

December 2017 has been unusually dry and warm in Colorado. Instead of skiing, and snowshoeing, I’m still enjoying hikes on dry trails. The sound of the creek changes depending upon the time of year. Frozen surface gives way to the gentle movement from beneath creating a beautiful sound for peaceful contemplation. Also striking is theContinue reading “December Creekside Hike”

American Writers Museum in Chicago

A visit to the American Writers Museum at 180 N Michigan Avenue in Chicago with a fellow writer is the source of renewed inspiration and energy for writing and reading. The museum, which opened in May 2017, has a variety of exhibits including an entire room devoted to picture books with large displays of coverContinue reading “American Writers Museum in Chicago”

Eastern Market Murals

I spent a lovely day being a tourist in Detroit with my daughter and her boyfriend. The market itself was full of interesting things to purchase, but the murals were definitely not to be missed. This amazing art show is free to the public and just like a museum, it is concentrated in one smallContinue reading “Eastern Market Murals”

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Yesterday I spent the morning at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. There are currently two exhibits that are dramatically different and demonstrate the time and place of the quilters. The other quilts are based on works from the civil war but I am focusing here on Coahagan Island. Look through the pictures for more spectacularContinue reading “Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum”

Laura Roettiger #AMMConnect Bio

The magnificence of aspens and pine in fall. The book I’ll be submitting for #AuthorMentorMatch is Cruze Control a #YA story about mother/daughter relationship. 17-year-old Hanna lives with her family in Lake in the Pines,MN but wants to see the world, write music, and dance in music videos. Set in 1986 just before technology changedContinue reading “Laura Roettiger #AMMConnect Bio”

Mad Creek Trail Hike

I love hiking in the fall. The changing colors are Mother Nature at her best. Yesterday I went on the Mad Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs, CO for a lovely hike with an amazing group of Chicago women. We hiked to a historic barn and considered taking shelter there when the skies grew dark andContinue reading “Mad Creek Trail Hike”

Viewing the full moon 

I am in awe of nature and our planet’s relationship to the moon. I was lucky enough to photograph the full moon from 5000 miles away from home in May. While the photos appear similar, the experience is different. There is so much beauty in the full moon. Watching it rise, change colors, sometimes wearingContinue reading “Viewing the full moon “