Hometown favorites

It’s been years since we’ve been back to Santa Cruz, so we stopped in at several of our favorite local shops today. Mama and I enjoyed walking around downtown and seeing our old haunts. The day’s haul included artichoke bread, creme-filled chocolates, stylish warm hats, a new book, and dog shampoo and treats. We ended…

Thoughtful, uplifting gift

After learning about my #OneGoodThing writings on this blog, the parents of our wonderful Passover Seder host sent me this uplifting book for my birthday. I was deeply touched by the thoughtfulness of this gift—and we are loving Lin-Manuel Miranda’s little pep talks! Today’s #OneGoodThing was reading “Gmorning, Gnight!” with Mama! Many thanks to Norm…

Saving us from leaving the house

Mama and I had planned on making another trip to our local library today, but we just weren’t feeling up to it. However, our books were due and we encountered technical difficulties trying to use the online system. Thankfully, Mama and I were able to reach a very helpful librarian by phone, who renewed all of…

Book wild at the library

Mama and I went to our local library today and each selected a stack of books to read. We had a wonderful time looking for interesting titles, so much that I had not brought enough bags to cover our reading appetites. The librarians were very helpful, patient, and kind. It was a fantastic excursion all…

Listening to Michelle

Today’s #OneGoodThing was listening with Mama to Michelle Obama read her new book. We’re only a couple of chapters into “Becoming,” but we love it and can’t wait to listen to more together! Day 333 of 365. And Day 1,064 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the following 365)!  1 year ago today: Colorful legs 2 years ago today: Wonder Woman Happy birthday…

Listening to my book

I’ve been reading my literary hero’s memoir again in preparation for seeing her next week. But I’m not able to read as fast as I’d like to, because reading often triggers migraines. So I tracked down the audiobook today, and I was thrilled to find it is narrated by Jennifer Weiner herself! I signed up for…

A great book in the warm sun

I’m re-reading my literary hero’s memoir in advance of seeing her in person later this month. I absolutely adore Jennifer Weiner and her many books, which have had a lasting impact on my own writing and life. I identify with her on many levels, and I am beyond excited to see her! Reading in the…