An artist is an explorer.

Making Choices Out of Hope Instead of Fear

I don’t know about you, but it seems everywhere I turn lately, I see a news story or read a Facebook comment or overhear someone talking about something that we all need to be worried about. Maybe even afraid of and probably angry about too. One thing I know for sure, making choices and taking action out of fear, anger, and other negative feelings is a mistake. It is much better to make decisions from a place of optimism, kindness, and love. Making choices out of hope instead of fear can make a big difference in our lives and in Read More

An artist is an explorer.

My Most Popular Posts from 2017

I’ve been blogging for about 15 months now. In 2017, I wrote 85 posts. My readership has grown, slowly, but steadily. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to share my thoughts and ideas in this way. At the end of the year, I started looking at the numbers. I’m not usually a numbers kind of person. They’ve never been my strength. But I wanted to see which articles were the most popular posts, to see what worked and what didn’t. I found that several types of posts seemed to get the most traffic. Those included book reviews and Read More

An artist is an explorer.

20 Books on My To-Read List in 2018

Last week, I wrote about my top reads of 2017. This week, I want to share the books I’m most looking forward to reading in 2018. My to-read list has 90-plus books on it, but I’m only sharing my Top 20. My reading goal for 2018 is to finish 50 books. I have one down and 49 more to go.  The book I’ve already finished is The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor. It’s a novel that takes place in World War II Austria and in 1989 Southern California. The story goes back and forth between Katie and her family in Read More

An artist is an explorer.

14 Favorite Reads From 2017

One of my favorite things about the end of the year (besides Christmas) is all the year in review stories that you can find just about everywhere. You know the ones. The biggest news stories, the top songs, the best viral videos, and so on. If you haven’t seen any yet, you will. I’m adding one more to the list. This is a list of my favorite reads from 2017.     I set a goal to read 50 books in 2017. I’m finishing the year having read 77. Some people may think I have a problem. But I love Read More