Music Monday: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

As library staff worked from home, a call went out for 1-2 people to work 9-5 and cover a time gap for our online chat service. My sleep was already crappy making my 7:30-3:30 shift not a good fit for working from from home. I volunteered for the sake of my mental health. I immediately … Continue reading Music Monday: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

Music Monday: My 70’s Mixtape (Or Fatima’s Awesome Mix Vol 1)

As a kid, I grew up surrounded by LPs and 45s. My brother came of age in the 70's and we had one of those stereo systems that double as living room furniture. (Click here for an example.) I spent hours spinning records, repeating my favourite 45s from his collection. Sometimes it's the K-Tel collections … Continue reading Music Monday: My 70’s Mixtape (Or Fatima’s Awesome Mix Vol 1)

Surprise Hits

I changed the name of my blog and disconnected twitter from it as part of my overhaul. I also discovered a bunch of unapproved comments and approved those, even after I swore they were approved, on the other hand it's technology so what the app does the desktop version might think it over. My stats … Continue reading Surprise Hits

Hard Reset

When a computer gets frozen, and the task manager isn't doing anything, sometimes you need to press the button and shut down everything. It's called a hard reset. Vacation 2020 is my hard reset. Dad died on April 27, holding my hand as he took his last breath. Many people have remarked about this year … Continue reading Hard Reset

Music Monday: Portals By Alan Silvestri

Over the weekend I watched 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame.' The tone and mood of the movies matched what's going on in my life. Last week, my campus had a study break to enable staff, and students, to prepare for online learning. I scrambled to brush on WebEx, a meeting software provided by the … Continue reading Music Monday: Portals By Alan Silvestri

And Breathe

Alright, I admit to borrowing the bio line for Tobia Menzies Twitter account. It suited what happened this week and the past five months. In grief, sometimes you forget to breathe. It's like once the person you love stops breathing, you forget you're still alive and must continue breathing. For nearly five months, my brother … Continue reading And Breathe

Can We Talk About Harlen Coben’s The Stranger Now?

Mandatory Spoiler Warning  The following post will discuss events in 'The Stranger.' I will not disclose the ending, but other events are fair game and, let's face it, too good not to discuss. Most people took huge gulps of the series once it went live on January 30, while life made me take the series … Continue reading Can We Talk About Harlen Coben’s The Stranger Now?

Scattered Thoughts on Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and I went around my social media feeds to wish people the best of the season, with one Instagram post, also shared on Facebook acknowledging people mourning a loss. This year is a paradox. I sit on the couch seeing a mass broadcast from Immaculate Conception Basilica in Washington, DC, yet I … Continue reading Scattered Thoughts on Christmas Eve

Book Talk: Wanderers By Chuck Wendig

This just makes my mind boggle. Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers, profiled here and making the year-end lists everywhere else, DID NOT make the preliminary list for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

It took the author by surprise (See here: but readers can write in a vote before the list is finalized, and there’s a link on Wendig’s thoughts on the omission. If you read the book and hoped to make it your vote, write it in.

If you haven’t read it, pick up a copy or visit your library to put your name down on a hold list. (Winnipeg Public has 14 requests for the 5 copies they have in their collection.)

An Unpaused Life

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Around page 534 of Wanderers, I made a rare status update while updating my Goodreads books. Holy Crap this book, I wrote making me begin another novel, something fun to overlap it and be the next read.  I continued reading the book, and when I turned the last page, I felt something rarely felt after the book closes-emotionally spent.

Wanderers tells an intricate story of humanity coming to an end. From a core cast of characters beginning with Shana Stewart, an aimless 18-year-old. We see the sleepwalking outbreak unfold. Nessie, her younger sister, gets up and begins sleepwalking, soon joined by a teacher in town, the seeds of the ‘flock’ beginning. Needles can’t penetrate their skin, no need to urinate or defecate; they walk towards some mysterious endpoint. Anyone attempting to restrain them, well, you have to read it to see the consequences of doing it. …

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Lost: One Jaw. Please Return to Owner

Sometimes, the universe, or a member of that universe, comes along as if to say, "you need a momentary distraction. May I help?" And help he does. Yoink! That's what I started to say, then learned it was a test shot. Really? What's the class? Introductory Cardiac Arrest? The actual photoshoot is like, what, graduate … Continue reading Lost: One Jaw. Please Return to Owner