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Hope and Optimism: Of Brides and Pride and Our Cultural Divide

This month, this sunny, shiny, green month of hope and optimism...June always makes me remember all the weddings I've attended in this lovely time of year, especially that of my sister, now gone but never forgotten. How young we were, how optimistic, how unfettered by political machinations and AI threats, and age. June also brings a relatively new celebration...PRIDE parades and recognition that not all of us are easily labeled, that some are naturally, organically inclined to different pronouns, to different loves. Then who am [...]

By |2024-05-30T17:45:01+00:00May 30th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

Why All These Books About Libraries?

Scrolling through the book offerings on various publishing sites, searching for something new to pique my interest, I've noted the abundance of novels with the word 'library' in the title. Curiosity tickled, I Googled sites that listed 388 current or recent novels with the words library or book as part of their name. (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/164830.Books_with_Library_in_the_Title) Wow! And most of those titles sell very well with the public. I'm not surprised. The local library played an instrumental role in my personal and professional development. But I wondered [...]

By |2024-04-30T17:19:01+00:00April 30th, 2024|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

May: JOHN THORNDIKE

One of the good surprises about attending book fairs and conferences is making the acquaintance of authors previously unknown to me. I met the May Author of the Month, John Thorndike, at The Dairy Barn author event in Athens, Ohio, in December of 2023. Thorndike, who lives in Athens, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Harvard, and earned an MA in English from Columbia before spending two years in El Salvador in the Peace Corps. His first novel Anna Delaney’s Child, is about a woman [...]

By |2024-04-30T19:48:24+00:00April 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

March: M.J. WERTHMAN WHITE

  There is so much to celebrate in March - St. Patrick's Day, the coming of spring (even when it doesn't feel like it!), the Ides of March, if you're into the ominous, and this year, Easter. So many new beginnings, and for this month's featured author, a new venture, a transition from her poetry to a lovely, poignant novel - INVITATION TO THE PARTY. MJ Werthman White reveals such insight into the human condition in her poems and now, in prose, she shares that [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:21:38+00:00February 29th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background...) The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny's specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year's tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the [...]

By |2023-12-31T18:03:56+00:00December 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

December: J.A. SMITH

December is a month filled with anticipation and expectation, with wonder and magic. To celebrate these days, I'd like to introduce you to J.A. Smith, more familiarly known as Jeannie, my friend and a fellow writer whose first children's book- Poppa's Treasures -- was released at the end of November. Smith is a retired educator, having taught French in grades 7-12 for more than 33 years. She and her husband have been married for 51 years and have two sons and two "extra-special" grandchildren. A [...]

By |2023-11-30T20:39:54+00:00November 30th, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

November: JUDE WALSH

Welcome, Readers, to the November edition of my Book Nook. This month I'm featuring a woman who crafts memoir pieces guaranteed to lift the spirit and provide guidance for the weary of heart -- Jude Walsh, author of Post Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me.  Walsh is a writer and a creativity and mindset coach. With a doctorate degree in education, she is as comfortable in a classroom as she is in a lecture hall, bringing her unique perspective on life to receptive audiences. [...]

By |2023-11-01T12:08:10+00:00October 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Of Traveling and Time

Going on any trip is time traveling. Think about it. The car, train, plane, or bus speeds through time, carrying us forward into the future or backward into the past. Our trip to the British Isles brought this home more abruptly than ever as we journeyed from London in the now to Straford-On-Avon and into William Shakespeare's childhood home. Our odyssey took us to Glasgow, Edinborough, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff, treading the stones of past history and ongoing political endeavors. We ended the tour at [...]

By |2023-10-02T16:41:16+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

October: DR. BOIKAI TWE

Dr. Boikai Twe is the author of Which Way Liberia? The Gun or the Book? and Grona Boy Go Zion A Roadmap to African Psychology. Due to health issues, Dr. Twe was unable to complete our interview. However, you are encouraged to research his offerings and find out why he was recognized as a Dayton Skyscraper, an artistic tribute to African-American Heroes of Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. Dr.Twe is best known for his passion for African literature and psychology and is intentional about [...]

By |2023-10-02T16:18:06+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

September and the Relentless March of Time

September always makes me think about Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves setting off on an adventure, his furry hobbit feet and their sturdy dwarf ones whispering through the long grasses of the fields bordering the Shire. Perhaps it's because the prairie beyond our home waves at me each morning, the hummingbirds come to feed, and the app on my phone records the slowly departing birdsong that has sustained me throughout the lovely summer days. There is a hint of mystery in the lessening of daylight, [...]

By |2023-08-31T16:20:26+00:00August 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments
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