Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Crush. Candy. Corpse. by Sylvia Mcnicoll

Sylvia Mcnicoll. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, 2012. Ebook.
Rating: Decent + 5 Scoops

Six years ago, I encountered a frail-looking woman that resembled my grandmother. That cannot be her. That cannot be my fussy, sassy, grandma Jurnise Truitt. I just saw her a few months ago and she was exactly the way I've always known her to be--nosy, cooking, and strong. That day marked the beginning of my denial. My disbelief that my able-bodied grandmother's brain was becoming fogged, scrambled...hers but no longer her own to control. Progressively losing her short-term memory, she forgot to eat triggering faint spells and rapid weight loss. As the Dementia onslaught continued, my grandmother's disposition changed. She became hard to manage and wandered about her apartment at night, not much unlike the residents Sunny encounters at Paradise Manor. My family is blessed that my grandmother still recognizes her children, can feed herself, possesses her lively personality, and walk with supervision. Yet, waving goodbye to my grandma at the nursing home instead of her 2- bedroom domain, my home away from home, breaks my heart a little more each time. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

They’re Starting a Library by Jose Leavitt

I love books. I mean I love books. But I don't love libraries. Allow me to clarify. What I mean is I'm not giddy-gushy about public libraries. Of course I utilize them, however, the draw to spend hours, upon hours lost among the stacks is greatly lacking. Personal libraries fuel me. To me, there is something magical about knowing the books that have transported me to faraway places and back, challenged my viewpoints, solidified my love of reading, in addition to that one, okay, ones that I've been intending to read for years rests within arm’s reach. Anytime I want to read it's there waiting on me.  The following blog post speaks to the POWER of the written word. I just had to repost from Publisher's Weekly.

My shelves, bins, plus two big boxes of books

Thursday, August 1, 2013