Category: Checking In

No May Flowers for Me – My May 2022 Wrap Up

No May Flowers for Me – My May 2022 Wrap Up

Posted June 8, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone! You may have noticed that my posting has slowed down this month. Not just the once-a-week content posts, but also a startling lack of reviews. Usually, The Literary Phoenix is rife with reviews! A few things have happened behind the scenes for me that have led to some content choices. A lot of them are personally driven. I’m trying to balance my time and energy and I really never want to come to a place where I want to leave this space. Blogging has been too important to me for too long. In many ways, it feels […]

Waiting for a Warm Hug From the Spring Sunshine – My March 2022 Wrap Up

Waiting for a Warm Hug From the Spring Sunshine – My March 2022 Wrap Up

Posted April 4, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

The thing I love most about spring is the way green life pokes through everything here. I had a dentist appointment mid-March and I since i had the day off anyway, I decided to do a little bit of hiking nearby to be in the quiet of the world. It was one of the best days I’d had in a long time. It’s challenging for me to quiet my mind and steady my heart. I the crisp early spring air, I marveled at the resilience of New England wildlife. Outside of just the beauty of the forest – one of […]

Thoughts of the World, Longterm Burnout, and Feeling Angry – A Weekend Update

Thoughts of the World, Longterm Burnout, and Feeling Angry – A Weekend Update

Posted March 13, 2022 in Checking In // 2 Comments

My friends, I am angry. I rarely do weekend updates (the last was late 2020) but sometimes I have something to say that is so off topic, I need a space for it. Today is one of this times. I am angry because the people of Ukraine are having their lives torn apart for a politician to gain power. I am angry because there are Black individuals being stopped at borders and not allowed to cross into countries accepting refugees. I am angry folks assume all Russian individuals agree with the current actions, despite protests. Despite the fact many Ukrainians […]

When Life is More Than Books (Gasp!) – My February 2022 Wrap Up

When Life is More Than Books (Gasp!) – My February 2022 Wrap Up

Posted March 7, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone and happy March! I know we’re a few days in, so I hope those days have been lovely for you are. I like date markers, they always feel like new beginnings, don’t you think? My February was grand on a life-scale (if not on a reading scale) and I’m just thrilled to give you all a snapshot later on in this wrap up! As I write this wrap up today, I’m sitting in my new favorite place – a local coffee shop called Coffeelands. They play the music I like, there are plants everywhere, and they are […]

An End to ARCs & a Start of Snowstorms – My January 2022 Wrap Up

An End to ARCs & a Start of Snowstorms – My January 2022 Wrap Up

Posted February 7, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone! I hope your days are treating you well and you are bright with purpose and warm with contentment. We are officially one month (and a few days!) into 2022! I have entered the year with great trepidation. After all, we were foolishly hopeful for 2021, and look where that got us! Personally, I feel like I’m stuck in purgatorio, trapped in that place Dante Alighieri talks about between heaven and hell where the root of all sin is caused by too much of a good thing. For me, that’s hope. It’s always hope. Hope is the most […]