Coming About: Life In the Balance by Mario Dell'Olio

This is a memoir. It’s billed as A mid-life crisis, a sailing adventure, and a rescue at sea, Coming About tells a story of survival and inner-strength through a foundational loving relationship.  This was an #IndieApril read for me. Although this book didn’t quite grab me enough to earn five stars (if I could, I’d round up to 4.5), I …

The Lilo Carer: A Laid-Back Approach to Caregiving by Richard J Erber

The Lilo Carer: A Laid-Back Approach to Caregiving by Richard J Erber. How, I ask, HOW, can you bypass a book with a chapter titled, “The Curse of Imhotep’s Commode”? The Lilo Carer is the outstanding memoir of an Australian care worker who supports adults with intellectual disabilities while at the same time dealing with his mother’s impending death from …

Big Mouth Blues by Danalynn Donovan

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited for #IndieApril. It’s the first book I have read by the author. From the first page, I found Kacy’s story gripping and thought-provoking. A very realistic, believable, and difficult story about child abuse handled with extreme sensitivity and tact. I would definitely read another novel by the author. Highly recommended, five-star read.

Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Brandon Beaber M.D.

Over a million Americans live with MS—a debilitating and widely varying neurological disease which comes in many forms and progresses in different people at widely different rates. In this absorbing and truly exceptional book, Dr. Brandon Beaber, a neurologist who works with patients with MS, explores the concept of developing resilience and overcoming adversity using MS as his focus. The …

Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman by Scott McGaugh

This is a very difficult book to rate. On the one hand, it is extensively researched, to the point of almost repetition and dryness. On the other hand, this is a biography, and the author suffered extensively from the fact that his subject was a private man who apparently left no correspondence behind–nor, apparently, did much of his family including …

BW English Award Ceremony Speech (04.23.19)

This is the speech I gave for the Baldwin-Wallace (yes, I am still going to hyphenate the name, it was hyphenated when I was there!) English award ceremony speech, April 23, 2019. Before I begin, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to my good friend Dr. Mike Dolzani for inviting me to speak here to you today, as …

Lifeline by Abbey Lee Nash

Ever read a novel where you reach the end of the story, and you’re sad because even though you know the characters aren’t real people, you can’t help but care about them, and you desperately want to *know* what comes next? Yeah. That was “Lifeline” for me. Lifeline is a serious YA novel about Eli, a lacrosse player who lives …

The Competition

“The Competition” is a story centered around a group of students: Mary Sofia, Michael, Raiden, and Camara, and the Penultimate Writing Competition where the prize is a full ride to a top prestigious college. The competition consists of a two-day writing contest involving 100 high school students who are given a series of prompts and must produce a piece on …

Book Review: Chasing the Blue Sky

Title: Chasing the Blue Sky Author: Will Lowrey Buy it on Amazon (Kindle, Hardcopy) Please note there may be some very mild spoilers in my review (specifically the next paragraph which summarizes the plot). “Chasing the Blue Sky” is the story of Toby, a black and white pitbull mix who is born to a mother kept on a short chain. …

Five Fathoms Beneath Shortlisted for Da Vinci Eye Award

Like the cover for Five Fathoms Beneath? So did the judges for the Eric Hoffer Book Awards! They short-listed Five Fathoms Beneath for their 2019 Da Vinci Eye Award for excellence in cover design. Given the popularity and the reputation of the Hoffer Awards, even just being listed as a finalist is considered an honor. Tim Barber of Dissect Designs designed the …