ASoI&F: A Clash of Kings (#nospoilers)

It’s hard to write reviews for books that may contains major spoilers. Especially if the book you’re writing about is A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings. So, instead of talking about the plot, I’m going to talk about the series as a whole, and who my favorite characters are and why.


My life is changing. I have more energy, energy to stay awake during the day. I wake up now and don’t feel groggy when I head downstairs to eat breakfast. I tend to go to bed earlier than I used to, but this is because I’m taking less naps in the afternoon. I’m reading andContinue reading “Happiness”

Hello, Dolly!

I love going to the theater. As a teenager, I was enamored with the high school version of Les Miserables. I listened to the Broadway version of Les Miserables so many times I had entire songs memorized. My parents and sister put up with playing the tape version for me in the car. I wouldContinue reading “Hello, Dolly!”


Raleigh made a promise to his brother, one that he intends to keep. He also desperately wants to join the group headed to Mars. But when a stranger falls from the sky, landing in the dirt in Texas, Raleigh feels himself being pulled in all directions. Can he still fall in love, or will heContinue reading “Scardust”

Call Me by Your Name

First love. First awakening. First everything. When Elio, a young man living in Italy, meets the new arrival to his parent’s home, who open their house to help “young academics revise a manuscript before publication” (p. 4) he hates him. He finds this 24-year-old brash, and standoffish with use of the word, Later! Elio cannotContinue reading “Call Me by Your Name”

Bohemian Rhapsody

Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise/playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday This iconic film makes a tribute to Queen’s humble beginnings: Before the band was a huge hit, before the band was a big deal. Freddie Mercury meets his future band-mates playing to a group of young people inContinue reading “Bohemian Rhapsody”

#weekendcoffeeshare April 5 – 7

Happy April! We’re currently in the middle of a snow/thunderstorm. Crazy weather we’ve having here in Minnesota. Let’s breakdown the weekend, shall we?

Dear Mary Oliver,

I never did get to write you when you were here, on this Earth. I regret not telling you how much your poetry calms and inspires me to love the natural world. Still, this is me making up for it.

tiny trees

tiny trees listen bending their branches toward the hikers traipsing through the earth, walking the paths carved by nature lovers who took only photos & left only footprints M.B.B.4/9/19

On Writing

I’ve loved writing ever since I could form letters. Ever since I knew how to formulate stories through play. As a child, I loved telling stories with my Beanies, Crazy Bones in the sandbox, and German animals. (I’ve played with so many toys; these are the top three.)

On Coloring & Listening

I’ve been coloring while re-reading A Little Life. It keeps me going, even when the pages keep getting darker. I’ve missed coloring, it’s been something to help keep my hands busy. (I know I’ve been writing waay too much about my reading experience with A Little Life, but I seriously can’t stop obsessing over it.)Continue reading “On Coloring & Listening”

She’s Baaack!

Dessa’s Chime Dessa’s is back in business! Her singing is as powerful as ever; her raps are as crisp as a freshly printed piece of paper. She’s one of my favorite female rappers: strong, fierce, and unafraid to be honest. She’s part of the sick indie group known as Doomtree. I know those of youContinue reading “She’s Baaack!”