1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and After Dark

1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and After Dark

by Haruki Murakami. This guy has written over a dozen novels (mostly fiction) and his writing has been translated from Japanese into forty different languages. Every time I finish a Murakami novel I am left grieving because that means the end of his characters’ worlds (at least for the reader). Good thing I have many more novels to go...here are brief reviews of three. I started with 1Q84, which is an intimidatingly bulky book whose first chapter is titled “Don’t Let Appearances Fool You.” It's just that you're about to do something out of…continue reading →
5 Blogs You Should be Reading

5 Blogs You Should be Reading

Misadventures Mag was founded in 2013 when a group of women were completely fed up with male-dominated (focused and written by) outdoor magazines (move over, Outside!). The on-line (with new print option!) magazine is written by women and includes interviews, book reviews, gear reviews, how-to’s, and everything in between. There are so many incredible women adventurers, do-ers, and creators of all kinds highlighted. This is by far my favorite “outdoorsy” magazine! Not exactly a “blog” per se… Fit and Feminist whose tag line reads, “Because it takes strong women to smash the patriarchy.”…continue reading →
Radio Ghosts in the Diner

Radio Ghosts in the Diner

This was written last year as a submission for an MPR contest. I never submitted it to the contest, because I was out of the country. Unfortunately MPR doesn't seem to be doing this contest anymore...so figure I will publish it somewhere! Radio Ghosts in the Diner Minerva, named after the goddess of wisdom and arts, lives in the loft of an abandoned red barn. Minerva is known for mischief and an odd passion for learning the origins of words. In late mornings she trots to a diner on the outskirts of town.…continue reading →