The Mapmaker’s Children Book Review – #FromLefttoWrite


I am appreciating my participation in the From Left to Write book club so much! It’s really helping me to expand my reading list. My most recent selection, The Mapmaker’s Children, is no exception. When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. … [Read more...]

Why I Blog – From Spinster to Mom 2.0 Summit


    I recently was given a copy of the new book Spinster by Kate Bolick as a member of the From Left to Write book club. I thought the topic was a really interesting one because I have more one friend who could be considered a “Spinster”, or at least what I would have considered a spinster. Bolick weaves her own coming into womanhood and what it means to be a spinster story based upon her experiences and her research of five literary figures who she defines as her “awakeners”, … [Read more...]

It’s All in the Details: Dead Wake By Erik Larson Book Review


This post was inspired by Dead Wake by Erik Larson, a thrilling account of Lusitania’s last voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and the U-boat that attacked it. Join From Left to Write on March 26th as we discuss Dead Wake. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes. I never thought that reading a non-fiction historical book would make me fall in love with reading and being nosy again. But that’s exactly what happened when I read Dead Wake. As a mom, I don’t have tons of … [Read more...]

Lessons from Thrive by Arianna Huffington


As part of the Left to Write Book Club, we’re reading the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, even more so once I heard her speak at BlogHer14. I feel like it’s really speaking to me at this point in time because I want to be great in everything I do. I recognize that it’s not going to happen without some changes though. I’m always trying to remember how to balance and prioritize what really matters. If I was honest, my list should read God, self, … [Read more...]