Aging and Loss With Arms Wide Open

One of the most frightening things about growing older is the uncertainty: which terrible ailment(s) will I or my loved ones suffer with in their twilight years? Will my body be ravaged by time or will I lose my mind? Both? Neither, because I’ve planned on going out with a bang a la Secondhand Lions?Continue reading “Aging and Loss With Arms Wide Open”

Let ‘Lotus’ Break Your Heart – and Mend It

Almost from the very beginning of Lotus, a novel by Lijia Zhang that focuses on a Chinese prostitute (or ji) at the turn of the century, I could see a million different ways that the titular character’s heart was going to get shattered. What I didn’t see, and what I could not have anticipated, wasContinue reading “Let ‘Lotus’ Break Your Heart – and Mend It”

Cowboys with Smartphones

Over a hundred years since the heyday of the cowboy era, the American West still holds a spirit of those adventurers and pioneers. This isn’t just some pithy intro—I grew up in the West; my high school mascot was the cowboy and our rival school’s mascot was the buffalo (but was actually a bison, obviously).Continue reading “Cowboys with Smartphones”

Now Apparitioning in a Photo Near You!

The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost was one of those books that was on my list for so long that I forgot what it was about until I checked it out and started reading. I love it when that happens. It’s basically just getting a personalizedContinue reading “Now Apparitioning in a Photo Near You!”