How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Summary (Penguin Random House)

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#thankful January

Is it just me or does Christmas seem like it was 3 months ago already? It is said that time passes so quickly the older you get. In retrospect, it always does. In the present, if you are mindful of each day, time is a gift . One way I’m trying to be more mindful, present, is to count my blessings everyday. Little joys often pass us by when wrapped up in the bigger picture of life. Acknowledging these joys, however small, will surely make for a healthier mind and overall well being. Continue reading #thankful January

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder


“The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” Continue reading On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


“Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever, Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck suddenly comes her way. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home- until one of them is in terrible danger. 

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This book is about people who try to save each other, and how sometimes when they least expect it, they succeed.” Continue reading The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones


“The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds―and the mysterious man who rules it―she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.” Continue reading Wintersong by S. Jae Jones


No I am not talking about the kind which connects you to an article, website or app. I am talking about the kind we dreaded as school age children, perhaps joined one of in our later teenage years. Clicks of cool kids, jocks, geeks, cheerleaders, academics and self-described loners, stoners, and more. Clicks of people, who take to one another, have their own impenetrable group, and who everyone seems to love and gravitate to. We all know what it feels like to be left out, looked over, or unacknowledged. It sucks! Continue reading Clicks

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal

Goodreads Summary

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?” Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle