Look Up, Move Forward

It’s weird after a vacation. Everything normal seems a little unusual. The tall streetlights and wide beltway and ever-present signage of the closest big city appear dense and industrial compared to the laid-back coastal town we left. I notice the vague scent of the hardwood floor sealant as I walk through my front door rather…

For the Benefit of Those Who See

Curiosity thrives around what goes unseen. I spent hours under anesthesia for eye surgery. All lost time. No recordings from the OR, but still I wish to watch one. This wish resurfaced when I read about an eye surgery told by Rosemary Mahoney in her book, For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from…

All the Light We Cannot See

 WWII story fatigue sank me after I completed Hillenbrand’s phenomenal Unbroken, but like a shark,  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr kept circling the deep waters of my To-Be-Read list. Then I heard it featured a blind character named Marie-Laure. I had to discover Doerr’s character development of her. Will she be a…

Focus

It’s always easier to fault the external world rather than the internal self. It’s harder to accept we’re the problem, and admit it, sometimes it feels good to rage at something unrelated rather than peel away the layers to the root of a problem. Ingrid Ricks opens her short, read-in-one-sitting memoir Focus with a blunt…

Not Fade Away

Everyone faces hardships. Most of us are unaware of what the future holds, but what if you knew about the struggles awaiting you like writer Rebecca Alexander? Memoirs tackle struggle. When I read one, I want honest accounts from a unique perspective about a conflict or I toss it back into the vast, churning sea…