Earlier this afternoon I had a wonderful conversation about the synthesis of science, art and literature with a quirky entrepreneur (thank you, Spaceworks Tacoma and Creative Colloquy for landing me in that exquisite moment). Before the conversation was over, my brain started buzzing and whirring as I thought about some of my favorite, recent collaborations … Continue reading Local Book Review: Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts
Let me start by admitting that I don't usually read books about the American South. I find them tedious and often, as dry as a sad packet of army-issued crackers. I'm not a big fan of authobiographical-ish tales of young men fumbling through their youth, either (get out of here, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Tupelo by Alec Clayton
If you're a poet living in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you've read Peter Ludwin's work, or maybe you've heard him read in one of the cramped, dusty bookstores of Tacoma or Olympia. Chances are you enjoy his work, too, and probably agree that his poetry might be dark in tone, but it's filled with … Continue reading Local Book Review: Gone to Gold Mountain
Who reads crime thrillers anymore? Oh, that's right, everyone but me. I did give it an honest go earlier this summer, though, when I picked up Lola, a fast-paced crime thriller, by Melissa Scrivner Love. Did I fall in love with the book? Not exactly. But I did enjoy it, and I think people who … Continue reading Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
How often do you pick up a book from one of your favorite authors and hope and wish and pray it's as good as the last? I do it every time, but truth be told, only about half the books I read live up to my expectations. Lucky for me, Samuel Snoek-Brown's Hagridden did, in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown
What drives people to cheat? What are we looking for when we step outside our relationships and commit adultery? Is it that we're lacking something in our current relationship, or that we're truly unhappy with our spouse? Or maybe it's more animalistic than that: maybe we're acting on a biological instinct to increase the chances … Continue reading The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, is a compilation of not-so-pushy-or-preachy essays focused on living a happier, more self-aware life. It doesn't suggest making drastic life changes or overhauling your approach to people or problems, it simply calls for being more 'awake' to your own wants and needs, to participating in a little self reflection in order to build a better life.