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The Practice of Giving Thanks

The Practice of Giving Thanks

I’ve written before about the gift of gratitude and how sometimes we need a little help to focus on what’s good instead of what we wished were better. How many of us sit at a Thanksgiving table laden with a ton of traditional fare, football games playing in the background, the hangover and food coma just around the bend, our attention fixed on anything other than giving thanks? I believe this happens more often than not, but maybe I’m projecting my own gratitude inadequacies on the rest of humanity. It’s so easy to mouth the words about being thankful for our families, our health, and our relative wealth. But beneath those platitudes, how many of us are entertaining thoughts—bidden or not—about the failings of our families, the imperfection of our health and the shortcomings of our bank accounts.  When we offer thanks for our spouses and our children, how many… READ MORE

Mars and Venus 

Mars and Venus 

I’m devouring the latest (and penultimate!) Charley Davidson book, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones. This series is beloved because Charley is a phenomenal character; getting into her head is a joyous privilege. The plot has become a tad complicated, but Ms. Jones gives us a primer on events thus to date and I’m following along pretty well. In this latest installment, Reyes, Charley’s smoking hot husband and deity, has gone to Hell and returned a changed man. [Go figure, Hell has quite an effect on all beings] Charley, a deity in her own right and the Grim Reaper on this plane of existence (complicated, I told you), is trying to discern whether there is anything of the husband she knows and loves left in Reyes’ distorted psyche. And while the divine aspects of the story strain credulity the heart of the issue does not. There are many couples in… READ MORE

Anticipation

Anticipation

It’s a week later and I’m no longer slogging. I’m into A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out. If this is the first in a series and I don’t find out what happens until the end of the series, I’m going to be angry.  In the meantime, it seems like every other page has a deep thought that inspires further rumination, which is why I love Kevin Hearne. Today’s perfect line describes “perfect contentment. That sublime moment when you’re at peak anticipation of something and you know you’ll get it soon. I often think that moment is better in some ways than getting the thing itself: it’s the awareness of your own joy at being alive…” Interesting concept. Can the anticipation of a thing can be more enjoyable than the experience itself? And further, does memory sharpen or blur the… READ MORE

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding Out for a Hero

I’m slogging through the new Kevin Hearne book. Yes, you heard me, it’s a bit of a slog. It’s not his fault.  Really.  It’s just that I love my fantasy, but only the paranormal and urban variety. Mr. Hearne has gone and written himself a book of high fantasy—think The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. And while I loved the George R. R. Martin books (reinforced by the brilliance of the HBO series), the rest of the pure fantasy genre leaves me as cold as winter at the Wall in GoT. First off, the usually oversized cast of characters is hard to keep track of, especially because of the second reason I struggle with this genre:  the unpronounceable and difficult-to-remember names. There are no Toms, Dicks or Harrys to be found. Nope, we’ve got Dervan du Alöbar, Gorin Mogen, and Nel Kit ben Sah. I have no… READ MORE

Fate’s A Bitch

Fate’s A Bitch

I just finished the inimitable Robyn Peterman’s latest in her Hot Damned series, Fatally Flawed. This hoot of a novel is written from the first-person point of view of Satan, the Devil himself. As always, Robyn Peterman made me laugh out loud as she plumbed great depths. This outing takes us on a magical mystery tour of fate and destiny, along with one of my favorite topics, free will.  In the book, Fate is a bitch. As in she is a mean and terrible woman who toys with people for her own twisted ends. And while humans have free will, immortals, like the Devil, do not. They have destiny and their fate is manipulated by Fate. That’s the price of immortality, I guess. The subject of destiny, predestination and free will fascinates me. In this fantasy, Satan is willing to meet his fate (as determined by Fate) head on. According to… READ MORE

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