Saturday, January 25, 2020

Week Ending 1-25-2020

I have to admit that I'm very thankful this week is over. Some weeks go by so smoothly and others just don't (LOL) I think this week was extra long because we were without internet.  I'm like everyone else and miss internet when it's out, but this week it affected our schooling. That's when it frustrates me more than anything :( My daughter wasn't able to do her English and my son struggled with his Math because of it. Thankfully they were able to finally get here Friday and we were quickly back in business ;) As for me dealing with no internet I did what I do best.  I worked on my library pile (LOL) I've had a book sitting in my pile since before Christmas that a friend lent me. For some reason I thought it was one of those books I really needed to "focus" on when reading and therefore I kept putting it off (LOL) I picked it up this week and it was AMAZING!! I highly recommend Educated by Tara Westover to everyone. I'm even going to try and convince my daughter to read it! It's truly an amazing story and touched me personally as we homeschool.  I also started and finished Jigsaw by Ted Miller Brogden.  I struggled a bit in the early parts of this book, but the description on the back kept pulling me back in to the book. I'm glad that I pushed through and read it because I did enjoy the story.  I also checked out some great recipes in Skinny Italian by Teresa Giudice. She's got some really good recipes in there and lots of tips about whether you should use fresh or dry herbs.  Last but not least I started The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie I LOVED Little House as a girl and I have to admit even now still enjoy the books. As hard as I tried my daughter had NO interest in them and it broke my heart :( Maybe one day I'll be able to read them with my grandchildren and they'll have the same interest I always have had.

I had big plans for today in cleaning, laundry, etc. I went to the library and then came home and got caught up in all the new books that I picked out.  I did manage two loads of laundry, but that's about it. Sometimes you just need coffee and a good book to get over the rough week.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Turning the Day Around!

I slept in WAY later than I should have today. It felt great, BUT then I had a headache :( Typically with a headache like I had today I would just stay in bed and pray that with ice and meds it would go away. Today I decided nope, let me get up and get started. I was behind on my weekly Bible reading, so I figured I'd better catch that up. So many things spoke to me in those readings today. Two that really hit me are that idols are often things that we aren't even realizing we are idolizing. Something to think about how we are spending our time and energy in this day and age. The other was are we living to how God wants us or to man? I've been struggling for months with an issue and I go back and forth about whether it's my decision to please myself or my fellow man or whether it was what God needed me to do. The readings really put some things in perspective for me this morning and I'm thankful I started the day out doing that.

Then of course I started the never ending laundry :) I honestly haven't done laundry since Tuesday, so it really wasn't never ending just hasn't been touched (LOL) Managed to get 4 loads done and feel good about that accomplishment. Sometimes we have to be thankful for accomplishing the little things ;) I also cleaned out both of my email inboxes and we all know what a task that can be sometimes. I've been working hard to try and decrease the emails that I truly don't read and delete every time they appear in my inbox. That's a huge help in saving time.

My husband and son went to play basketball at the community center and then on a hike at Raven Rock Park. My daughter was gone for some of the day, so I had several hours just to myself. I got to think about the week and what I felt we should have gotten done as well as what I was happy and thankful we achieved. We got to spend THREE whole hours with friends yesterday that we haven't seen for months. I'm so thankful to have those friends that even when you haven't seen them for months you still feel comfortable plopping on their couch and hanging out. The kids had some great laughs as well and I always love seeing my kids laugh. I got to spend about an hour alone with my daughter which those of you with teens/adults know that doesn't happen much. Between work, school, boyfriend and friends we don't seem to see much of them after the age of 16 (LOL) It was nice just the two of us being in the house :)

All in all even with still having the headache I think I turned my day around when another day I might not have. Hey, for me I'm counting that in the positive category and I'm going to be happy :)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review: M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem

I feel like I'm a pretty organized person generally, but I always feel that I can learn something new too.  When I saw the title of this book and the colorful cover I instantly wanted to read it. Something about the coloring blocks instantly reminds me of children and the name is just so eye-catching that I had to read it. I do admit that this book has been sitting on my shelf for longer than it should have, but I needed to be in the "right frame of mind" to read it. I tried reading it on an airplane ride recently, but realized I didn't have anything to take notes with, so decided to wait until another time. M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem is a title that just jumps right out and grabs your attention. How many of us haven't felt that life is mayhem and we were wondering what we could do to change things? Kristi Clover has written an amazing book full of tips and tricks that can help the average mom just trying to make it through the day.  

Kristi has given us 10 rules to use that will make life simpler and well as 6 systems to help us be able to continue living life easier.  One of my favorite things in the book are the Toolbox Tips as well as all the little nuggets of extra info spread throughout the book. At the end of each chapter Kristi includes a few questions she calls Unlocking Joy that will help you to further know where to focus your efforts in YOUR house. Many organizing books that I've read give the impression that their system is THE  system whereas Kristi constantly tells us to glean from what she has written and to adapt it to our life. If we don't truly understand the system or it's too hard then we aren't going to continue using it. 

I highly recommend M.O.M. Master Organizer of Mayhem for all moms. I have picked up several things that I plan to implement in our home and quite a few things she recommended were things I grew up seeing my mom do as well. I think anytime we can walk away with a few new tips to try success has been achieved.  

Check out Kristi's website as she has TONS of information on there. You can also follow her on FacebookInstagramYoutube and Pinterest

I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Word for 2020

Most people I know have stepped away from resolutions in the new year and have leaned more towards a verse or word of the year. I haven't tried that because honestly nothing seemed to be fitting my life at this time. This year as all the posts were arriving about the word for 2020 I actually had two words pop into my head. Faith was the first and family was the second. I thought about them and what great words they were, but wondered if they were really meant to be for me? Was I just thinking those words because so many others were writing about their words. I decided not to jump into those words, but rather think and pray about were they really meant for me.  

Days went by and those same two words kept coming to mind. I kept thinking to myself that I was suppose to just have ONE word, so why were TWO coming to mind? (LOL) Decided to ponder some more and put off the post. I mean I didn't want to write a post about these two words if it wasn't meant to be for me.  Each day that passed I thought about how much faith and family mean to me as well as so many others.  My faith is something I have struggled with over the years and felt I just didn't put enough time into developing it. My husband and I have dealt with so many issues in our marriage and most especially in just the last few years. My husband's health has suffered from two different accidents and more often than not it's like being married to a different person. I've dealt with some person issues myself that have really made me struggle over friendships, what's right/wrong, when to step back etc. All these things are leading me back to the word faith and telling me that I know what I must truly depend on and that is God.  

Of course I've always loved my family, but as of December I realized I have TWO ADULT children!! I keep wondering when and how that happened? (LOL) I think family came to mind because once your children get older you are still their parents, but in different ways. I have to figure out how to show my love to my soon to be 21 year old son, his wife and their two sons when they are thousands of miles away. I never imagined being a grandmother from half-way across the country. I look back now at all the years my own mother worked hard to remain so close to our children when we lived so far away. It's a new time in my life to be a grandmother and mom to adult children. Our middle child graduates and then I'll only have ONE child to homeschool. Do you know how long it's been since I've homeschooled just one child? In some ways I never had because when we started homeschooling our oldest the middle was just a few years behind him. This too is a new season in my life. 

So, for 2020 I'll be learning about my family in new and different ways. Trying to comprehend not seeing my grandsons as much as I want and having another child graduate and start on the next stage of their life. As for my faith I'll keep working on myself and growing that stronger and stronger each day. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review: Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

Light from Distant Stars is written by Shawn Smucker who I was introduced to a while back. I read Once we Were Strangers and thought it was one of the most amazing books I had ever read. I was really excited to read Light from Distant Stars. As I started the book I realized right away that it wasn't anything like the previous book I had enjoyed. That's ok because I still love a good book! As the book starts Cohen Marah arrives at the funeral home he and his father run to find his father on the floor deceased. Cohen isn't sure what to do or how to react. He chooses to leave and pretend like he never was there. As he tries to go about his daily routine he waits to get the call he knows is coming. Can he pretend that it's news to him? As he and his sister learn of his father fate and learn that he will most likely pass quickly Cohen wonders if HE was the cause of his father's death. Not in a physical way, but in an emotional way. Cohen and his father were close when he was younger, but as he got older the family dynamics changed. Ultimately Cohen and his father lived in the same house, but really had no relationship. As Cohen tries to deal with his thoughts regarding his father he starts reliving memories from his childhood. He struggles between knowing what was reality and what he might have dreamed. While Cohen's father hangs on longer than they expected Cohen seeks absolution from his pain through his priest.

I have to admit that the book was a pretty easy read, but I struggled to really understand what was going on throughout most of the book. It flipped back and forth between Cohen's current life and that as a child. There was lots of darkness in his childhood that he was dealing with and I just felt it was confusing to understand how it all related together. I did finish the book and felt the ending was good, but just didn't love this style of writing as much as I had hoped.

**I received this book free from Revell Books for my honest review.**

Friday, January 3, 2020

Pages of History-Volume One Secrets of the Ancients Ch's 1-5

My youngest seems to learn so much when he's hearing information in a story format. I ran across Pages of History-Volume One Secrets of the Ancients this summer as I was ordering items for our 2019/2020 school year. I wasn't sure how I was going to use it, but figured if I even read it at lunch we would get something from it. We started the year with a history program that I was super excited to try, but it just didn't seem a good fit for my son. He wasn't remembering anything and honestly had zero interest in this program. Thankfully I had only planned out about 15 weeks, so I figured on our Christmas break I'd figure out a new plan. I looked around for any information to go along with volume one, but didn't really find much. At the back of the book there is an index of using the history flashcards from Veritas Press. At a curriculum store this summer I had run across the  Classical Conversations History Cards-Ancient World and bought then just because I thought my son would enjoy them. Flipping through them it looked like they would go along perfect with volume one, so I decided to move forward using them.

Writing is something we have struggled with and really been working on this year. I decided to maybe try a more structured notebooking page for some of these topics. I did a quick search and immediately found these free pages from The Notebooking Nook. I decided to also look for maybe games, craft ideas or something "extra" in hopes to get my son interested (LOL) I'm only doing the first 8 chapters to see how it goes, but I'll continue if he enjoys it ;)

I've put it in a Google Doc as well as have saved anything relevant into a Pinterest board. Would love to hear of others using this book and what "extras' they added to it.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

I sit here typing this on the last day of 2019. I can't believe that another year has FLOWN by so quickly! I love keeping track of the books that I want to read and have read over at Goodreads because then I never lose my list :) Today I'm posting a list of 24 books TBR (To Be Read) in 2020. It was hard just coming up with 24, but I know that I'll read many more than those on this list :)

1) Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

2) When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common--a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities--and their hearts.

3) What would you be willing to give up to experience the presence of God in your life again?

Many of us sign up for a physical detox program, thinking that if our bodies are healthier, then we're healthier. But a healthy body doesn't do us a lot of good if we are spiritually malnourished.

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us more of himself--the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul's deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you'll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ.

Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

4) In times of doubt, fear, and loss, we turn to the songs and hymns that remind us that this world is not all there is--that what awaits us as followers of Jesus is a heavenly kingdom. Songs like "Face to Face," "Amazing Grace," "Heaven Came Down," "Victory in Jesus," and "I'll Fly Away." And behind every song about heaven is a story. So many were written amid circumstances of great personal pain on the part of the songwriter. And in sharing their story, we can find even more comfort in our own circumstances.

5) Join CA Miljavac on a journey of joy.
She believes with all her heart that laughter is a gift, providing a sliver of distraction from whatever struggle you might be facing. . .relief when you need rescuing. . .hope in the midst of hardship.
Though her life has been dotted with disaster, it’s through laughter that she found the strength and courage to persevere. . .joy for the journey. And she’ll help you discover all the ways laughter can carry you through your very own painful situations.
In ten laugh-till-you-cry chapters, Miljavac shares how laughter has been an essential and valuable part of her own healing, plus hilarious true stories will help you get started on the path to a life of peace and joy.

6) Getting--and staying--organized is a challenge in and of itself. Add motherhood to the mix, and you've got a whole new dimension of difficulty. So how does a busy mom stay on top of the daily chaos that children inevitably bring along with them?

No matter what your situation is, Kristi Clover's home organization systems will work for you. Her foundational rules are highly adaptable and will help you make your home more efficient no matter where you live or how many kids you have (and how messy they are). She helps you prioritize, break down big jobs, declutter, develop age-appropriate chores for your kids, tackle the endless piles of laundry, and so much more. If you long to have a functional and fabulous home for your family and you're tired of feeling overwhelmed by all the work, this life-changing book is for you!

7) It's impossible to deny—most moms continue to do way more household work and childcare than most dads. Working full time, raising kids, cooking dinner, making sure every appointment and activity is lined up and that everyone gets there on time... no wonder you're tired! But despite all the books and articles lamenting the crushing mental load and emotional labor women bear for their families, no one has come up with a plan to actually make things change. Until now.
The Manager Mom Epidemic is the first book that not only acknowledges the fact that moms are burning out, but shows you how to transfer responsibility for daily tasks from yourself to your partner and also (gasp!) your kids. Clinical psychologist and child discipline expert Thomas W. Phelan, PhD explains how we got into this mess in the first place, and how we can get out of it through a calm, systematic approach to teaching our families how to take initiative and contribute in meaningful ways. Dr. Phelan walks you through real-life situations and shows you how to step back from the things that are dragging you down. For example:
Your Maternal Identity—the things you tell yourself you have to do in order to be a "good" mom The oppressive trap of chronic supervision Our society's curious underestimation of children's capabilities How to eliminate primary childcare with tweens and teens How to manager resistant or traditionalist dads
Realistic and simple enough to implement in your home right away, The Manager Mom Epidemic provides a roadmap for you to take your life back and proves that the happiest families share the work and the fun equally.

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10) When their sixteen-year-old daughter Meg is abducted in her high school parking lot after basketball practice, investigative reporter Jillian and detective Colton are frantic to find her. More than most, they understand her perilous situation and are willing to do whatever it takes to get her back. But how can they negotiate with a kidnapper who has no demands . . . beyond revenge?

11) When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord. Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die.

12) Join the Hochstetler twin sisters on stage as they bumble their way through baking a cake for a charity auction in front of a live audience. The take-charge Elma and the klutzy optimist Thelma manage to entertain their audience—and attract the admiration of two bachelors, an outspoken woodworker and a shy harness maker from a neighboring Amish community. As fall leads into the Christmas season, could romance be blossoming for one or more of the Hochstetler twins?

13) Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart? How did Thelma meet her husband?

14) Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family's past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

15) Even in a drunken stupor it is hard for Captain Cape Thomas to ignore his recurring vision of a beautiful woman and the swaddled baby she holds. On a rare, sober day he begins a casual search through college yearbooks and yellowed courthouse records in hopes of finding the one who got away. Instead, an unrecorded codicil suggests their one union was fruitful and reveals a possible heir to an old-moneyed family used to scams and scammers making claims against the estate. After run-ins with a cabal of bankers, lawyers, in-laws, outlaws, and even the F.A.A. Cape begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together...

16) A grand love story and an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are torn apart by war.

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he becomes involved with the letter’s recipient, his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena, their younger brother leaves school for the stage—and Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty.

From the Hungarian village of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s garret to the enduring passion he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of a Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the unforgettable story of brothers bound by history and love, of a marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

17) In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.Grief struck and searching for clues to her grandfather’s final state of mind, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. On their weeklytrips to the zoo he would read to her from a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, which he carried with him everywhere; later, he told her stories of his own encounters over many years with “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal and appeared never to age. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. “These stories,” Natalia comes to understand, “run like secret rivers through all the other stories” of her grandfather’s life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for. 

18)Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he find there will change his life forever. In an age where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant,The Shack wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? Discover the answers that astounded and transformed Mack in this special leather edition, and find out why The Shack has stolen the hearts of millions for ten years. 

19) Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder-a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places she's never been to, yet somehow knows by heart. She retraces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family- 

20) Call her superficial, but Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great—and why not? Jonah Gersten, MD, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. But when Jonah is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate “escort” Dorinda Dillon, Susie is overwhelmed with questions left unanswered. It’s bad enough to know your husband’s been murdered, but even worse when you’re universally pitied (and quietly mocked) because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie—not a sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the “better not to discuss it” response from Jonah’s partners. With help from her tough-talking, high-style grandma Ethel, who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband’s partners, the NYPD, and the DA as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie.

21) Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures.

22) Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

23) Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right.But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob's mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

24) A candid and moving memoir from the critically acclaimed singer and songwriter For thirty years as a musician, Rosanne Cash has enjoyed both critical and commercial success, releasing a series of albums that are as notable for their lyrical intelligence as for their musical excellence. Now, in her memoir, Cash writes compellingly about her upbringing in Southern California as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother, June Carter Cash. In her account of her development as an artist she shares memories of a hilarious stint as a twenty-year-old working for Columbia Records in London, recording her own first album on a German label, working her way to success, her marriage to Rodney Crowell, a union that made them Nashville's premier couple, her relationship with the country music establishment, taking a new direction in her music and leaving Nashville to move to New York. As well as motherhood, dealing with the deaths of her parents, in part through music, the process of songwriting, and the fulfillment she has found with her current husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal. Cash has written an unconventional and compelling memoir that, in the tradition of M. F. K. Fisher's The Gastronomical Me and Frank Conroy's Stop-Time, is a series of linked pieces that combine to form a luminous and brilliant whole. 

If you made it to the end thank you!! :) I realized many of these books were added to my Goodreads list back in 2011!! I've decided this is the year to work from the beginning and either read them or maybe take them off the list :)  Happy reading in 2020!

Week Ending 1-25-2020

I have to admit that I'm very thankful this week is over. Some weeks go by so smoothly and others just don't (LOL) I think this week...