A Day with Sled Dogs in Juneau (Alaska Cruise 2021)

A Day with Sled Dogs in Juneau (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted November 5, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

Everyone in Juneau is so nice – we’ve been lucky enough to have travelled extensively and folks are lovely most places, but in Juneau, the locals welcome you like you’re coming home. I want to open this post with that warm endorsement because even though Juneau is cold and wet most of the year, its people are absolutely remarkable and I am so glad to have met the folks I met. Our day in Juneau started a bit late – the best way to do it when you’re on vacation. We slept in, watched the early birds get off the […]

Why I’ll Still Unashamedly Read the Animorphs Series

Why I’ll Still Unashamedly Read the Animorphs Series

Posted November 3, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

All avid readers know the books they loved most as children.  It’s like asking someone about their first pet or first kiss – what was your first favorite book? Like most people, I can easily go back and rattle off half a dozen different books I absolutely adored when I was younger.  Alanna by Tamora Pierce was hugely influential on me.  But while I’d say Tamora Pierce’s writing was a huge influence, she wasn’t the one that got me hooked on reading.  She wasn’t even the one that got me interested in the impossible.  I couldn’t pinpoint the book that […]

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Posted November 1, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Dear Justyce is just as hard-hitting as Dear Martin, but exploring a different aspect of the Black American story. As she expressed in her foreword to the book, Nic Stone had no intention of writing a sequel to Dear Martin and this book came about by a conversation she had with two individuals who wanted to see their story in her world. It’s a touching introduction to a book that tells a sad story. As with her other writing, Stone does an excellent job of building a world and developing characters in a limited amount of space. She uses her […]

Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted October 29, 2021 in Around the World // 2 Comments

Approximately 300 years ago, Glacier Bay was a fertile valley inhabited by the Tlingit people. As the glaciers began to encroach on their homeland, the Tlingit were forced to flee their ancestral home and they ultimately created a new home – Hoonah, just east of Icy Strait Point. As the Glacier now recedes, this remains an extremely important place to the Tlingit people. The United States National Park Service is working to establish a better relationship with the Tlingit and their kinship with this land. While I could never truly begin to understand the deep connection the Tlingit people have […]

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted October 28, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I enjoyed Binti so much that I quickly forgot it was only a novella and was surprised when it came to an end after only two and a half hours of listening time. Binti is solid sci-fi. Nnedi Okorafor proves yet again that the white male gatekeeping of the genre has only hurt its development. In 96 pages, Okorafor introduces the reader to multiple civilizations, multiple planets, varying cultures, varying species, and advanced technology. She does all this with an expert hand, and need I say again, in less than one hundred pages. Epic fantasy writers could stand to learn […]