Topic Tuesday: Is it better to give or receive?

The holiday season is bearing down on us all right now. Holiday parties, Secret Santa gifts, baking, decorating, shopping for the perfect gift, wrapping, cooking, and cleaning. It can all be so overwhelming! Sometimes it becomes difficult to enjoy the moments, the splendor of the season, and the people around us. I enjoy being the…

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

    Little Fires Everywhere is a book that I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy, but I am so glad that I opened the cover and read the first chapter! I was hooked right away and devoured this book within a few sittings. I think you will too! The book opens with…

Book Review: The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman

If you are a fan of Practical Magic, then you will enjoy its prequel, The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman. The Owens family has always been a magical one, dating back in Massachusetts to 1620 when Maria Owens was tried and executed for witchery. Her crime was only to love a man who betrayed…

Topic Tuesday: Christmas Trees – real or fake?

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. I spent it with my husband and son at home with another family that has become very dear to us. The house was fill with sounds of laughter and kids running all over, with smells of a roasting feast, and smiles to…

Topic Tuesday: Thanksgiving at home or at a restaurant?

When I was very young, my family used to go out for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember getting dressed up and heading off to the same restaurant every year where we would meet the entire family for what seemed like the longest dinner ever. That changed at some point and we started to host Thanksgiving and…

Topic Tuesday: Wait! Don’t forget Thanksgiving!

Now that Halloween is over, the stores would have you believe that it is Christmastime already. Halloween candy has been replaced with Christmas candy, costumes replaced by stockings and garland. Pumpkins are tossed in the woods and elves are making their comebacks. There is something we are all forgetting …. Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of…

Topic Tuesday: Do you believe in ghosts?

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, this Topic Tuesday is about ghosts. Do you believe in ghosts? People’s perception of what a ghost is varies (leftover energy after someone dies, harmful demons spreading evil, spirits of loved ones guiding us), but the debate remains. It is human nature to be skeptical of things we…