Growing up in Minnesota, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Iowa border, I know all the jokes about Iowans. And then, I decided to go to college in Iowa and then I decided to stay in Iowa. I’ve lived in Iowa since September of 1996. And I love Iowa (except during election season). The people are friendly. The people are helpful. Where I live, we have access to great bookstores, a movie theatre, excellent coffee and wine. It’s everything I never dreamed I would enjoy. I thought I would be a Minnesota country girl forever. But I fell in love with Iowa and I’m thankful, most of the time, I decided to make my home here. Thank you, Iowa, for being so much like Minnesota, but with easier access (without the larger metro areas) to the things I love.
Each day I encounter new authors and new books. I want to take a minute to brag about Felix J. Palma, who I do not know personally (but wish I did). His novels fell into my lap thanks to a GoodReads giveaway. They combine all the things I love (time travel, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy) with some amazing twists. His Trilogia Victoriana series just blows my mind! I was thrilled to be able to get book #3 while I was in Canada earlier this year. Yes, Mr. Palma is one source of breaking my #ShelfLove Challenge this year. Palma’s books definitely make me a dreamer. They also make me a hunter. A hunter for more quality novels that challenge my perception of time and space. I’m appreciative of novelists like Mr. Palma. Thank you to all the writers in my life for making me dream. My life is forever changed because of your words. Taken on May 22, 2011 in Marion, IA with a Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd. View this quote on flickr. “Writers perform an extremely important role: they make others dream, those who are unable to dream for themselves. And everyone needs to dream. Could there be […]
This past week I was traveling for work again. I’ve made more trips this year on behalf of my company than ever before. I suppose that is a sign of a growing company, but it was exhausting. Sometimes there is a short respite in our day and walking the pier at Huntington Beach was one of them. The weather was perfect. The sun was setting and someone was blowing bubbles. We stood for about 5 minutes and watched the large bubbles float off and over the pier. It was beautiful.
This week I was featured over on It Starts at Midnight for the Shattering Stigmas, A Mental Health in YA Event. I wrote about some of the lessons I’ve learned as caretaker of loved ones who live with mental health issues. You can check out my post over on Shannon’s site. It was a tough post for me to write. Caretakers often live in their own little world perhaps thinking they are only ones going through this. I just wanted to reach out and let other caretakers know they are not alone. There are others out there! I hope that my post shines a light on what caretakers can do to take care of themselves as they live to support those in their lives that might be suffering. Thanks to Shannon (It Starts At Midnight), Inge (Bookshelf Reflections) and Kayla (The Thousand Lives) for creating this event. The posts have been amazing. Great stories are being shared. I hope you’ll visit their blogs and check out the event. As I was prepping this week’s Scenic Sunday, I found this quote on GoodReads and it seemed to fit with my thoughts for the week. The idea of moving on is always […]