The Henna Artist – Book Review

The inspiration behind this story was the reimagining of the author's mother's life had she not wed at 18 and had 3 children by age 22, had she been able to choose her own path instead of uphold the cultural responsibilities of her sex. The vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells really took me to India and had me dreaming of it for days after finishing.

The Push – Book Review

Nature v nurture, the age old debate. What makes a good mother? If your mother was a no-show in your life, did that mean you were doomed to be a bad mother? Blythe’s mom left her and her dad when she was a little girl, and when her husband, Fox, starts talking babies, Blythe is doubtful about motherhood, but is desperate to keep Fox happy. Motherhood is hard, anyone will tell you that, but is it supposed to be THIS hard? And when tragedy strikes the family and the blame game starts, lines are drawn and sides are taken, for better or worse.

An iPad showing the cover image of an audiobook titled "The Condemnation of Blackness" by Khalil Gibran Muhammad lays next to a working crochet project, a ball of cream yarn, and a candle lay on a wooden board on top of a white bedspread.

The Condemnation of Blackness – Book Review

As someone who was raised in the North, I used to believe that I was not racist, particularly because I hail from the northern states, and frown at the outright, in-your-face racism of the South. I mean, the North won the Civil War after all. Clearly we're the good guys, right? I'm ashamed to say that I thought that way for far too long, blind to the systemic racism inherent in everything, even here in the North, and especially that within myself. Thankfully, books like this one were written.

Cemetery Road – Book Review

Murder. Power. Corruption. Greed. Infidelity. But what I love is the way that the author is able to portray that nothing is ever black and white, or so easily right and wrong. The best we can do is to be the best we can be in a way that does the most good for the most people.

The Colorwork Playbook

Have you ever wanted to learn crochet colorwork, but don’t know where to begin? If you've hung out around here long enough, you'll know that I'm big on teaching and I LOVE a good cheat sheet. So when Claire of E'Claire Makery told me about her new colorwork resource, I knew I had to share!

Montauk State Park

Inside the park is the spring that combines with Pigeon Creek to form the headwaters of the Current River. It is this spring that gives the water its beautiful green/blue hue. The water is so clear, you can see clear to the bottom of it. If you're a fisherman, this gives you a perfect view of where the fish are.

The Last Time I Saw You – Book Review

This was my first book by the sister writing duo publishing under the pen name Liv Constantine. Their earlier book, The Last Mrs. Parrish, received rave reviews and that was enough for me that when my mom asked me if I wanted to borrow this one, I said absolutely! The book opens strongly, with a woman gasping for breath in an inferno, struggling to make it to safety. It pretty much goes downhill from there. Why? Well, several things actually.