I LOVE ghost stories. I especially love Victorian ghost stories. I also love a good feminist manifesto. No surprise to anyone, then, that I was drawn to Alex Owen’s in “The Darkened Room: Women, Power, and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England”. Its premise is that during a time of great oppression, women were able to… Read More Musings: The Darkened Room
I had a blissfully unaware Saturday. I spent time with friends and family. I visited some of my favorite places. Only when I arrived home and sat down at roughly 10:00 did I enter back into the real world. The horror of NAZIs/Neo-NAZIs/white supremacists/whateveryouwanttocall these peoplefullofhatred marching through a university campus in Virginia. The photos… Read More Charlottesville
Last Sunday, I attended a book launch at The Witch House, and was thrilled to meet so many aspiring poets and the amazing women who created and run FunDead Publications – Salem’s own publication company. FunDead was established in 2015 and released their first publication (Shadows in Salem, by FunDead founder Amber Newbury) in 2016. They hope… Read More They love you to death (FunDead Publications)
I recently had an amazing opportunity to take a tour of the Punto Urban Art Museum here in Salem. I am well aware of the stereotypes that have plagued this neighborhood in recent years: I’ve lived here for over 15 years, and can’t tell you how many times people have said not go to The Point: Don’t drive through. Don’t walk nearby. Don’t eat at the restaurants.… Read More El Punto: A Forgotten Neighborhood
Confession: I didn’t know much about The Picture of Dorian Gray until just recently. I know it’s a classic. And one most people can recite the premise of at the drop of a nickel. Some classics just haven’t hit my To Be Read Pile yet. P.S. There are lots of spoilers ahead… So stop reading… Read More Musing: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Last Friday my husband and I attended a Michael Franti & Spearhead show, with Nattali Rize as the opener. We were so excited to attend because I love Michael Franti and my Love loves Nattali Rize. The show was supposed to be outside, but due to weather was moved indoors… inside a local high school.… Read More Can Music Change the World?
Tonight, after a trip to Maine to visit with some family (AKA: Five hours round trip in the car alone with my three year old – <sigh> AND I FORGOT SNACKS! #momoftheyear), I unsuccessfully read my child her goodnight books and attempted bedtime. It went terribly – piano playing, door knocking, general jumping around. My wonderful… Read More Are you weird, too?
Yesterday a child in my city was killed, accidentally, by a passing train. This child, who was 11 years old, was locally known as a hero. Jaydon, who, while fishing with a friend, noticed a non-responsive man floating in the ocean, swam out to bring that man to shore where others attempted CPR. The swimmer… Read More Goodbye, Jaydon. Please help.
As I finished this book on a middle school field trip to Six Flags, my husband (a teacher) leaned over and mentioned that the two most recent books he’d read were written in present tense (like “The Storied life of A.J. Fikry”) and he wasn’t a fan. Honestly, I hadn’t even noticed the variation, but once he… Read More Musing: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
This is going to sound silly… but I recently had to leave a Facebook group – and it’s really weighing on me. I left this group because someone posted their disgust for the upcoming re-release of Beauty & the Beast. I asked if she’d ever read the original tale (which is quite different from the Disney… Read More Who is beautiful, really?