Losing My Companion: In Memory of Giovanni

It’s true. The worst part of owning a pet, or being owned by a pet, is having to say goodbye to them. No matter the circumstance, it rips your heart out. I’ve had pets that have had to be humanely euthanized suddenly, at a young age, and even at an advanced age after some illness. None of it is easy.

Product Review: So-Mine Commuter Essential Travel Organizer

  As someone who has been accused of being a high maintenance flyer and carrying everything but the kitchen sink with me, having my essentials organized on-board is a must.  (And to be fair, since I have suffered with air sickness in the past, I do find it absolutely necessary to have certain items with…

A Look to Love: Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin

Have you seen Agatha Raisin?  I am seriously in love and utterly fascinated with this show.  I love all things British, I love the Cotswolds and I have a major girl-crush on Ashley Jensen, who plays former PR-maven turned detective Agatha so superbly how could you not love her? With the current shelter-at-home situation, now…

“First Impressions: A Novel” by Charlie Lovett

A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale. Charlie Lovett’s new book, The Lost Book of the Grail, is now available. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same…

Movie Review: “Emma” (2020)

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich . . . had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. So begins not only Jane Austen’s fourth novel but also the latest big screen adaptation of an Austen work.  As does all of Ms. Austen’s novels, Emma is all about…

“Pride and Prescience: Or a Truth Universally Acknowledged” by Carrie Bebris

When Caroline Bingley marries a rich, charismatic American, her future should be secure. But strange incidents soon follow: nocturnal wanderings, spooked horses, carriage accidents, an apparent suicide attempt. Soon the whole Bingley family seems the target of a sinister plot, with only their friends the Darcys recognizing the danger. A jilted lover, an estranged business…

How to Have an Amazing Staycation

Dream vacations can be budget-busting, not to mention time-consuming between planning and actually jumping on that plane or in the car to set off.  If you have financial restrictions or even time constraints, whether it be time-off at work or just planning your holiday, a staycation can be the answer for you. Now don’t stop…

“Inside Out: A Memoir” by Demi Moore

Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight – or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid…

What We Can Learn from Kobe Bryant’s Death

Hearing the news on Sunday that a helicopter had crashed killing all aboard, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter, left me stunned and saddened. I remember feeling this way when John F. Kennedy, Jr. died and then when the news dropped that we had also lost Diana, Princess of Wales. I didn’t know any of these folks, as I’m guessing you didn’t either, so why are we hit so hard by these losses?

Travel Tip #4: Fly Early

If you can, book your flight earlier in the day versus later. There’s a very good reason for this. Flying earlier gives you some breathing room in the event there is a delay or a cancellation, you have a greater chance of being rebooked. For example, if you have an 8 a.m. flight, you’re almost certainly guaranteed at least a few other flights scheduled for the remainder of the day versus booking an 8 p.m. flight.

What is Your Word for 2020?

One of my favorite podcasts on the planet, Innerbloom, discussed this subject last week in their show about “2020: How Good Can You Stand it?” (If you haven’t check out the amazing Alexa and Ambrosia, what are you waiting for? Get thee to their podcast!)

So in discussing 2020, Ambrosia gifted Alexa with a word for 2020 — shine. That led to a question for listeners as to what each of us wanted our word for 2020 to be.