“Goodbyes” by Pablo Neruda

My cat, Brady, and Neruda on a Stormy Afternoon in San Francisco

I finished Pablo Neruda‘s Fully Empowered, a collection of 36 poems. It’s a lovely little book that includes the following, “Goodbyes.” I’ve lost count how many times I’ve reread it. To those of you on figurative journeys and to my tribe …

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Book Review of “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld

"The Enchanted" by Rene Denfeld

I absolutely loved Rene Denfeld’s, The Enchanted. This novel had veracity, heart, and compassion among many interesting characters, both inside and outside the confines of a prison. Like any great book, I slowed down towards the end because I didn’t want …

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Book Review of “Writing Away” by Lavinia Spalding

Writing Away by Lavinia Spalding

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler by Lavinia Spalding is a great writing resource. Whether you plan to explore a faraway land or someplace within your city limits, this book is chockfull of prompts, tips, and …

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Book Review of “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

On the first night of the 24th Annual Travel Writers and Photographers Conference at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, I sat down for dinner at a large table. To my right at the end was Maureen Wheeler, one of …

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#BookADay: A Controversial Book, Series

Fifty Shade of Grey by EL James

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James has sold 100 million copies worldwide.  It’s number eight in the top ten bestselling books of all time.  Many heterosexual couples have raved about how it saved their relationship, made it spicier.  I’m …

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#BookADay: Resource for Travel Writers

Guide to Travel Writing by Don George

The title says it all: Lonely Planet’s Guide To Travel Writing: Expert Advice From The World’s Leading Travel Publisher. Inside is a wealth of information about the mechanics of a good travel article, essay, and story as well as interviews from those …

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#BookADay: Mental Health and Multiculturalism

Of Spirits and Madness by Paul R. Linde

Of Spirits and Madness: An American Psychiatrist in Africa was written by Dr. Paul R. Linde, a psychiatrist I worked with in one of San Francisco’s county jails. Dr. Linde and his wife moved to Zimbabwe. His efforts to learn …

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#BookADay: Great Coffee Table Book

Monkey Portraits* (* and Some Apes) by Jill Greenberg

I love primates and those close to me know this.  My daughter gave me Monkey Portraits by Jill Greenberg as a gift a long time ago.  As a photographer I’m drawn to details and close-ups and Greenberg masterfully demonstrates her ability to …

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#BookADay: Great Women’s Travel Anthology

The Best Women's Travel Writing

I stumbled upon The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthologies many years ago. As a single parent, thoughts of being a solo woman traveler seemed foreign to me, something that I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to experience. In the …

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#BookADay: A Book To Film Adaptation That Didn’t Work

Under the Skin by Michael Faber

When I lived in England, a dear friend of mine in London strongly encouraged me to read Under the Skin by Michael Faber. She was vague regarding the genre and provided very little information about the book to me. The …

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