The Elephant Whisperer

If you are an animal lover, I highly recommend The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence… My book club unanimously adored Water for Elephants (which doesn’t happen that often!), and … Continue reading

Read, Read, Read!

As many of you know, I am a member of a wonderful book club with some amazing ladies in my life, and we are constantly reading, reading, reading! This week is “Read Across America Week” for schools in our nation … Continue reading

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke

Brian and I happen to enjoy the occasional drop in to a karaoke bar… This book about life and karaoke was a fun read for Book Club that had the unique karaoke-frequenting perspective encompassing it! I was very tickled to … Continue reading

A Life in Two Genders

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan is a memoir of James Boylan turned Jennifer Boylan in real life. It was fascinating to read about the author’s internal changes as he took hormones to change his exterior…  The thing that … Continue reading

Lean in to Lean in

Do women unconsciously hold themselves back from opportunities in the workplace? Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, explores this question and more in her book, Lean In. Rather than hold back when it comes to one’s career path, Sandberg inspires readers to “lean … Continue reading

The Language Of Flowers

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh was the most recent book we read for Book Club!

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Ranunculus (my favorite flower:) = You are radiant with charms

Instantly entrancing?

I think so.

As a wedding coordinator who admires a lot of centerpieces, pins many boutonnieres, and hands out many bouquets, this book gave me a new perspective of flowers.

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Lavender = Mistrust

In fact, I don’t think I’ll think the same way about flowers ever again!

In Victorian times, the language of flowers was used to express romantic messages.

This story follows foster-child Victoria Jones and her relationships, as well as communication through flowers to those around her.

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Moss = Maternal Love

This story has a meaningful message, as meaningful as the flowers’ symbolism it features.

I highly recommend it to those who find symbolism in nature fascinating, deeper meanings appealing, and stories of struggle and perserverance inspiring and humbling.

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Fushcia = Humble love

The Good, The Bad, and- The Honest

I recently finished reading our next Book Club read, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, and found that it inspired a great deal of pensiveness in me.  Initially, it would seem that the story is about a woman named Cora who … Continue reading

Wherever You Go, There You Are

This book on mindfulness was exactly what I thought I needed since life is just so bustling and filled to the brim with activities at every moment of every day! Here is Karat-Zinn’s experience of slowing down, even when climbing … Continue reading

Ah, Chicken Soup

Believe in fate, but lean forward where fate can see you. ~Quentin Crisp I have to confess that I have always enjoyed the Chicken Soup books since I am such a sappy romantic. If you get a little sniffly at Hallmark and Sarah Mclaughlan SPCA … Continue reading