“The Trip to Echo Spring” by Olivia Laing

“The Trip to Echo Spring:  On Writers and Drinking” by:  Olivia Laing Non-fiction, 297 pages If you read my last book post, you might see a trend.  For now, this is the last of books about writing/writers. The basic premise of the book follows the author as she travels across the U.S. examining 6 of…

Shapes of Nature

Without the Weekly Photo Challenge, I devised my own. Shapes of Nature

“Negotiating with the Dead” by Margaret Atwood

“Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing” Non-fiction, 180 pages   Overall a great non-fiction book on what it is to be a writer.  The lives they lead, thoughts, and inspirations.  It is a series of essays organized into chapters. At times, it was a tough read.  The middle chapters did not interest me,…

Night Frog After a Rainstorm

While taking out scrapes to be dumped I happened to notice this guy.  It looks like he is hanging on to the side of a boat about to be sick.  Maybe the tomato pot is making him “seasick”.   Cool little dude after an evening of thunderstorms.  I’m sure he was happy when the lady with…

Weekly Photo Challenge (The Last One): All-Time Favorites

When I pulled up the Weekly Photo Challenge I was shocked to see it would be the last one.  I am sad to see this challenge go.  It has been a big part of my blog over the last 3.5 years.  At first, I was slightly irritated it was going away.  How could Word Press…

“Reading with Patrick” by Michelle Kuo

“Reading with Patrick”  by Michelle Kuo Non-fiction, 279 pages. What a fitting book for our time.  This book explores the bond that forms between teacher and student.  The setting is the deep south, Helena, Arkansas.  Told through the eyes of the teacher Michelle Kuo, a deeply personal account of her struggles with decisions she made…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Place in the World

My place in the world is among the trees. My son calls me a tree hugger, it’s an accurate description. I love trees, their sheer strength and yet the flexibility they possess. At this moment there is no other place I would rather be.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unlikely

My favorite beer happens to be from Wisconsin.  I drank the last one last night and it is unlikely I will have another for a long time.  This beer is only available in Wisconsin and I live in Indiana.  Makes me sad.  However, when I am lucky enough to score some from a friend I…

Two Striking Futuristic Novels

“Future Home of the Living God” by Louise Erdrich (267 pages) This dystopian page turning novel cuts a little close to our current society. One of monitoring and tracking throughout our daily lives. In the novel it has went further but the similarities are uncanny. In this futuristic world, evolution has not only stopped but…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

Thorn bushes are prolific on our property.  It seems everywhere you look there are large groups growing like mad.  In a couple of months, some of them will produce numerous wild berries, which I look forward to.  However, I do not enjoy scratches from their countless thorns.  Sometimes you have to take the good with the…