This is Just for Show, Right?

In an effort to ease my addled brain, I have dived into romance novels with a passion. (Get it?) This blog features the Brown Sisters Trilogy and I am on the third book. If you need recommendations start here.

Readers' Salon

One of my favourite parts about reading romance is the tropes. There are some that I’m not a fan of, or some that I only enjoy once in a while, but there are few that almost never fail to guarantee I’ll check out a book if it has a beloved trope or two, especially when they do them well and/or in a unique way. 

One of my favourite is the fake dating/fake relationship trope. The main characters each have something they need, or they want to portray a certain image of themselves, and they decide that the best way to do this is enter into a relationship that is not what it appears to be on the surface. Sometimes the two characters might not even particularly like each other, or they’re the best of friends, or maybe they don’t even know each other all that well. None of them ever think they’ll fall…

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A Welcome Jab

I can't remember when or where I head about the word 'jab' to mean 'shot,' 'vaccine,' or 'needle' but for once it was not on a British drama. In fact, I see if used by a number of Winnipeg Free Press journalists on Twitter before my account deactivation. It's missing the accent though. If a … Continue reading A Welcome Jab

Some Lighthearted Fun

Michele over at the M Files had this fun Armitage-related questionnaire, and I had a break from work. Sometimes a break from the chaos and personal nuttiness can do the soul some good and I have the soul of a 16-year-old high schooler with a crush on the artsy introvert. Let's do this. You Favourite … Continue reading Some Lighthearted Fun

Digital Spring Cleaning

I deactivated Twitter. No announcement I just did it. I joined Twitter in 2009 after attending a Webinar with the librarian I worked for at the time. I learned about hashtags, how using social media can drive library engagement. Over 10 years, including a small dust up with a Winnipeg-famous figure and his fans, I … Continue reading Digital Spring Cleaning

#MusicMonday: The Parting Glass as Sung By Hozier The opening verses of 'The Parting Glass' has played at the end of 'Waking Ned Devine' and during a rare quiet scene in 'The Walking Dead.' I have, perhaps, three versions of this tune of Spotify off the top of my head, maybe more. A dive into its origins uncovered scottish origins and more … Continue reading #MusicMonday: The Parting Glass as Sung By Hozier

Byronic Hair and the New Period-Drama Heroes

A meandering discussion on Brigerton, Byronic Heroes, and Armitage.

#MusicMonday: Vivaldi-The Four Season, 1 Spring Recomposed by Max Richter Et Al

Better late than never but this Music Monday selection serves as a prelude to a post written for this week.

#MusicMonday: Epiphany by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross I decided to continue with a theme from one earlier post and highlight one of the many beautiful musical tracks from Pixar's latest movie 'Soul.' While portions of it had me going 'uh?' this movie took big risks to talk about a big theme: What is the meaning of our own lives? It's visually … Continue reading #MusicMonday: Epiphany by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross


Call it cosmic timing. The events of yesterday happened on The Feast Day of the Epiphany, celebrating the 3 wise men giving gifts to the human manifestation of God. When you think about it, these were nobodies, in a stable. Soon after Mary, Jesus, and Joseph had to run for their lives in Egypt as … Continue reading Epiphanies

Music Monday: Treat People with Kindness by Harry Styles It's a black and white video, looking like a old-time Hollywood musical with Phoebe Waller-Bridges looking snappy in her suit. It's a video and song released on New Year's Day and I had not smiling since hearing the opening chorus. Maybe 2021 will not suck. 2021 might be the year I stopped avoiding Harry … Continue reading Music Monday: Treat People with Kindness by Harry Styles