Exploring life through writing, art, and photography, drawing inspiration from the natural world and beloved tales. Author of "Xine's Pack of Strays & Others," about life with my dogs, I review books, hoping to encourage others to read.
Unveiling Identity in Jessica George's Maame
As we honor Black History Month this February, it's my pleasure to spotlight a book that resonates deeply with the themes of cultural identity and the Black experience. Jessica George's poignant novel, Maame, is a compelling story not only entertains but also opens a window into the complexities of life as a Black woman, making it a fitting and insightful read for this important month.
A to Z with the Grateful Dead
Welcome to a lyrical journey where the world of the Grateful Dead unfolds through my abecedarian style verse. Each line resonates with the spirit of a classic Dead tune. To enrich the experience, I've paired these lines with videos of the songs that inspired them, creating a multi-sensory exploration of rhythm and words – if you care to further explore the music.
Echoes of Laughter in the Halls of Grief
Grieving Gone Wild About a year ago, my father died. Six months earlier, my children’s father – my ex-husband – passed away. Fifteen months before him, I lost my mother. Amidst these profound losses, I also grieved for the passing of my four beloved Brittanys and four cherished chickens, each of them an integral part of my life, each departure adding another layer to my sorrow. Nine years ago, the pattern of loss began when I witnessed a young woman's death right before my eyes. Death, it seems, has been a constant.
- Top Story - January 2024
A Sibling-Influenced Musical JourneyTop Story - January 2024
Part 2: The Teenage Years and My Introduction to Live Music As I stepped closer to my teenage years, the music my brothers loved continued laying the foundation of my own musical world. During the summers, our house in Sherman, Connecticut, would be alive with music – particularly on Wednesday nights. Weekly beach picnics ended up at our house – the teenagers downstairs, the adults upstairs. Too young to hang out with either group, I would fall asleep in my bed to the sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin echoing through the house.
It's road trip time—this time down memory lane. Join me on a musical journey deeply intertwined with the men who have shaped it. In this multi-part series, I explore how key male figures in my life have crafted the soundtrack of my existence. From my father's cherished classics to the rock anthems my brothers and boyfriends introduced and even the musical influences of my son, each man has added a unique note to my personal symphony.
Traversing Frost's Terrain
I have always admired the poetry of Robert Frost, and as a tribute to the enduring legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets, I have written this abecedarian poem, the lines inspired by or directly taken from the titles of his works.
My Arrows of Ambition for 2024
I write every day. Every morning, I write for 30-60 minutes in my journal, simply downloading my thoughts of the morning so I can proceed with my day. Part of that day includes more writing, and although I don’t usually set my goals in writing, it’s fitting to write down my 2024 writing goals for the first Vocal Challenge of the year.
The Gritty Reality of Demon Copperhead
Demon Copperhead might first seem like a daunting read with its 500+ pages, but let me tell you, diving into its depths is like discovering a hidden treasure. The audiobook version, a masterpiece narrated by the talented Charlie Thurston, unfolds over an epic 21 hours and three minutes.