Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah

The end of summer, so bittersweet. The air is a little cooler, the days a little shorter. Back to school days ahead, vacation days behind us. Why not make the most of the summer days that remain. Don’t let the season end without fitting in another hike, trip to the[…]

by × July 17, 2016 ×

Summer Music Festivals!

Summer Music Festivals!

The summer music festival season is in full swing! There is nothing quite like dancing in the great outdoors with friends, listening to your favorite bands or discovering some new act or music genre… music festivals have become a staple of summer. It may be your favorite oldie band at[…]

by × June 22, 2016 ×

Understanding through Literature

Understanding through Literature

Why do we as humans fear what we don’t know? Why do we try to tear down what our own experiences have not allowed us to understand? Why don’t we respond to fear and misunderstanding with a search for knowledge? Could it be that equipped with knowledge instead of arms[…]

by × June 16, 2016 ×

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a remembrance of fallen soldiers in the US Civil War. It celebrated the memory of the thousands of Union and Confederate warriors who’d fought and lost all, regardless of their reasons or the ultimate outcome. By the late 1800’s the day became generalized as[…]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Spark Your Wanderlust with these Travelogues!

Spark Your Wanderlust with these Travelogues!

It’s the time of year when the days get a little longer, the weather a little nicer, and the urge to break out of your usual routine takes hold. Many people experience serious wanderlust. Whether you dream of visiting a foreign land, going on an adventure trek, or even exploring[…]

by × May 19, 2016 ×

Earth Day, Every Day: It starts with you!

Earth Day, Every Day: It starts with you!

Spring is a time of renewal and regeneration, not just for the human spirit but for nature as well. A time to begin anew… As you take a look around, ask yourself what you can do to make your environment and the planet a better and healthier place to live.[…]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Think of bood red rubies, depthless emeralds, knife- sharp obsidian: these set into carefully worked settings, a filigree of delicate silver, a cup of gold, a band of carved wood. Much like the aching and precise work that goes into making a unique bed for a polished stone, the short[…]

by × April 4, 2016 ×

Gardening Books for Fun and Profit

Gardening Books for Fun and Profit

Gardening seems to have been around since 10,000 BC.  That’s when historians believe people first started to enclose outdoor spaces to keep out animals and marauders.  Today we may only have to enclose our gardens from pets and the mail man but we are still gardening.  I remember when I[…]

by × March 14, 2016 ×

Bienvenidas! The Vanguard of Mexican Women Writers

Bienvenidas! The Vanguard of Mexican Women Writers

We’ve heard of the great Latin American writers of the 20th Century, from Borges to Bolaño, to Fuentes, García Marquez and Vargas Llosa. The list goes on and describes some of the most interesting and celebrated talent from major countries in the Northern, Central and Southern corridors of the Western[…]

by × February 19, 2016 ×