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Me and my dad walking side by side in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Remembering Dad on his Birthday – Toad in the Hole

It’s November 6th and my dad would have been 82 years old today. In memory of my dad, Douglas Gatheridge, (people called him Doug), I am sharing an essay I wrote about him titled Toad in the Hole. The essay highlights a happy memory from my childhood of me and Dad in the kitchen. Of…

Copies of The Whalebone Theatre on a shelf surrounded by other novels.

Book Review – The Whalebone Theatre

It’s time for another book review! This review is on a gorgeous novel that covers a lot of ground – THE WHALEBONE THEATRE by Joanna Quinn. I read a preview copy of this book during the summer and was so excited about it I started talking it up to friends right away. As booksellers do,…

A book titled Lessons in Chemistry sits on a bookshelf surrounded by other books. The book has a bright pink/orange cover with the title and author, Bonnie Games, in turquoise letters. In the center of the book is a drawn image of a woman's head, her blond hair in a bun with a pencil stuck in it. She is wearing glasses.

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry is of my favorite books of 2022. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, infuriating, smart, surprising, heartbreaking and hopeful. I hope you like it as much as I do!

A green path with rocks on the left and the sea on the right. Green hills are in the distance and the sky is overcast with clouds

A Literary Adventure

A few months ago, one of my writing friends, Heidi Fettig Parton, invited me to join her for a week-long writing seminar in Dingle, Ireland offered through Bay Path University’s Creative Nonfiction Writing MFA program. I love to travel and am always on the lookout for opportunities to write so I didn’t have to think…

A book titled How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope sits on a wood bookstand in a garden. The flowers and plants in the background are somewhat blurred but make for a nice backdrop for the book.

Book Review: How to Love the World

HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD: POEMS OF GRATITUDE AND HOPE is a delightful collection of poems that is perfect for when I need a pick-me-up.

A copy of a book titled Love & Saffron by Kim Fay sits on a book shelf surrounded by many other books.

Book Review: Love & Saffron

I love a good book about friendships. I love books about food. And books that give me a glimpse of history. And books about love. So it’s no surprise that I absolutely adore the wonderful new novel, Love & Saffron by Kim Fay. This book came out in February of this year and was my…

a book lover named Myrna wearing red glasses and a red shirt holds a book titled Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year in front of bookshelves

Book Review: Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, All through the month, Content Bookstore, the bookstore where I work, featured staff picks from our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. I had the fun of reading an excellent Children’s Midgrade novel by a Minnesota author, Nina Hamza. I don’t know Nina but she…

Green Olympia typewriter with paper in carriage and the word "Goals" typed on the page

Writing and Reading – Goals for 2022

Oh my! We’re well into 2022 but I haven’t posted about my Writing and Reading Goals for 2022. I set writing goals back at a writing retreat in February (led by my wonderful friend, writing mentor and coach, Kate Hopper) and I got to work on them. But I didn’t formally announce what they are…

a drawing of a bookshelf with my favorite books read in 2021

Books Read in 2021

I read a total of 40 books in 2021, up 10 from last year with more memoir and romances than in years past. The upswing in my romance reading is largely due to the fatigue of living in a pandemic resulting in a desire to read books with happy endings. That and the fact that…

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