Cozy Gras

Mardi Gras 2021 was unlike any other. Because of the coronavirus, parades and parties were canceled, bars shuttered, and popular streets were blocked off to prevent gatherings. Even Mother Nature conspired to keep us home, giving us the coldest Mardi Gras since 1899. I couldn’t help but feel a little blue during Carnival season, especially…Continue reading Cozy Gras

New year, old problems

Like everyone else, I was glad to say goodbye to 2020. But 2021 begins by reminding us that there’s work to be done. Lots and lots of work. Last year laid bare so many problems. This year, we need to fix them. In December, I was diagnosed with a particularly nasty little skin cancer. I…Continue reading New year, old problems

Book review: Reverie

One of my favorite books of 2020, Ryan La Sala’s Reverie is an effervescent YA fantasy that explores identity, responsibility, and friendship with humor and supernatural butt-kicking. Main character Kane can’t remember anything from before his car accident a few months ago, but his family, his therapist, and the police have questions: Why did he…Continue reading Book review: Reverie

Book review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

In The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer, clever folklore retellings woven with historical fiction result in a delightful story that resonates long after the last page. This middle-grade novel is set in Romania in 1989, the year of the Romanian Revolution. Young Ileana describes life under oppressive Communist rule: people crammed…Continue reading Book review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

My favorite books of 2020

This tumultuous year, I have found refuge and inspiration in books. (No surprise there.) So far, according to Goodreads, where I keep track of my reading and occasionally write reviews, I’ve read 36 books (perhaps more; back in the spring I was not being as, shall we say, thorough in my self-reporting). Over the year…Continue reading My favorite books of 2020