“The End of Eddy” by Edouard Louis

Although an important book surrounding a young gay boy growing up in a poor working class part of France, this was not one of my favorites. The issues that young Eddy dealt with on a daily basis brought to light this problem across the world. This unacceptance of anyone different than ourselves. The book is…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

What do I love about where I live?  Peaceful surroundings.  Hikes with our lovely dog.  Fresh wild berries in the summer.  Watching spring explode before our very eyes  Listening to barred owls talk to one another.  Photographing the snow-covered forest.  Living in nature & much more! Pictured above are just a few images of this wonderful…

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil De Grasse Tyson

Although I am not a person who is in hurry normally, I wanted to read this book to get an introduction into the realm of astrophysics. I absolutely adore space, the universe and of course science. This book was the perfect little appetizer. At 208 pages it is concise enough for even the busiest of…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

Our beloved boxer, Josie. We rescued her from the humane society 3 years ago in March.  During that time she has become a member of our family and we take her everywhere we can.  Yes, she is spoiled beyond belief!  Today I took her on one of her beloved hikes through our woods and tried…

“The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie

Finally finished my first book of 2018 (actually finished it last week, slow getting this post out). This one took me longer to read than I anticipated. With a page total of 380, it was not terribly long. However, his writing style is a bit different from what I normally like. At times I found…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

With a blanket of snow covering the forest ground and most of this creek, silence enveloped my winter hike. It’s amazing how quiet the forest becomes when covered with snow.  The silence is refreshing.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth

This is perfect for the New Year. We all have a desire to grow and become the best versions of ourselves, especially at this time of year. The first image to pop into my brain was a newly emerging plant but I wanted to do something different. Looking back over the last few years, I…

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 (a recap)!

2017 is fading fast, making room for a brand new year!  I love New Year’s, it seems like a fresh start, much like every day is a clean slate.  A few recaps of 2017 for your reading/visual pleasure. BOOKS During 2017, I read a grand total of 33 books with a total of 12,038 pages. …

Weekly Photo Challenge – 2017 Favorite

My most meaningful photo from 2017 was taken with my outdated cell phone technically by somebody else. However it was my idea to capture this photo so I think it counts. This particular photo was taken as we were all about to part ways and head home after an amazing weekend. Each of us, strangers…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ascend

The Chimney Top trail in The Smoky Mountains National Park. Several years ago on our first visit, we were unable to reach the very top of this trail due to the weather.  As you can see it was foggy and the stone was very slippery from the light mist that had fallen all day.   We…