Summer Staycation: Why not chat less and read more? Stay connected. Stay safe and Stay well; wherever you are.

Lady taking the time to read where she is.
If you’re out: Yes. A a little sparkling H2O with my summer read pairs nicely. /Upsplash

It’s summer again and since many of us are still staying home with all that has been going on, here are some tips for a few staycation ideas. Stay connected but try to take time to chat less and maybe catch up on some summer reading

Man Reading at the Lake

If you can, take time to read a bit at the lake for the summer. /Upsplash

Whether you’re staying home or you are able to get out for the summer this year. Pick up your favorite read; together is good too. 

Are there some reads that you have been wanting to get to before March 2020, that you didn’t have time to get to? Maybe now is a good time to, check your shelves; do they need dusting? Or a DIY refresh display? If you need a book suggestion or help with free resources to finding good reads this summer, ASK A LIBRARIAN


Whether you can go out for a summer splurge or you need to do a staycation, try to have a great summer regardless; you deserve it. 

Resources for Reads

Goodreads, (2020): Dive Into Summer Reading! – Goodreads News & Interviews.

Medium, (2020): How to read more books in 2020.

Resources for Audio Books

Listening Library, (2020): Summer Audio for Kids curated by Librarians.

Book Riot, (2019): Where to get free audio books.

Resources for Staycation

Langdon, (2020): 10 Simple Staycation Ideas for a fun but socially distant summer.

USN, (2020): Budget-Friendly Staycations.

All references are informational only. Thank you. Happy Reading.


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It’s American Women’s History Month


“Got ice cream, phone you can wait.” Image: Creative Commons


#nationalwomenshistorymonth #americanwomenshistorymonth

March 2020

In honor of acknowledging American Women this month, thank you to all ladies for your contributions; however, small or large.

AW Spotlight

The spotlight shines on a lady named Nancy Johnson. She is not as well known but added considerable joy to our culture. A woman who may or may not have been a family friend of one of my Great 5x Grammy’s in my latest WIP wintery tales. 

Who is Nancy Johnson? 

the cream of love via victorian

Image: Victorian / Creative Commons

She was an American Woman who essentially invented the ice cream maker in 1846, so we can each grab some ice cream today. 

What’s ice cream got to do with it?  

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake -Yum

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake / Image: Creative Commons

I recently wrote a nano flash piece; Love in The Time of Chilliness, that I have been working on for a while. It’s raw and imperfect but it’s out there for your view if you choose. Thank you to those that read my snippet last month. And yes, it features some family love of mint chocolate chip ice cream thanks to Nancy’s contribution. 

Who are you spotlighting as you honor American Women in history this month? 


Images by Creative Commons.

Women’s History Museum.

Nancy Johnson Brought Ice Cream To The Masses.





Honoring Black History: Art and Craft


Image via King County Library /Artist Aramis O. Hamer

#blackhistorymonth #africanamericanhistory #blackamericanartists #blackamericanbooks #blackamericans #blackamericanauthors


★ AALBC the Largest Site Dedicated to Books by or About People of African Descent

Black American Artists — Take the Quiz

Black History Month Outlook by KandiOnline

Books to Celebrate Black History



Happy New Year


retrofuturistic-all things interesting

Image courtesy of retrofuturistic-all things interesting

Hi Friends,

Welcome to a new year and a new decade. Grab your favorite hat and throw it where you will and do your toe touches 1-2-3; in the spirit of MTM (here’s s1e1; stream it, if you haven’t already)  — you’re gonna make it after all! Wishing you a wonderful fulfilling year. May your efforts to find life-work balance be fruitful.

A friend led me to these inspiring ladies (fangirl) who seem to be the epitome of slaying the life-work balance conundrum.

Stay warm. Stay welcoming. Stay wondering and wandering too. 

Hey, Tina — that looks just like my new parka too! 

via Oprah on Instagram: “You better believe I was going to visit the Mary Tyler Moore statue when I touched down in Minnesota! Thank you for joining me, Tina Fey.…”


Happy Thanksgiving


NOLA yeah

Image: Creative Commons


#thanksgiving #friendsgiving #family #autumn #familytraditions

Hi, friends, 

I’d like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving this year. Also, thank you to those that introduced me to the publishing site where newbies can launch creative content and have a chance to take care of their family by getting paid to do so.

My New Flash Prose

I have a new flash piece; Thanksgiving at Our Redwood Table that I’ve created, inspired by family at Thanksgiving. It’s a raw work, not perfect but with its imperfections brings us together to remember family and friends in a fond way. Signifying gratefulness at this evolving holiday.

Thank you for your support.



Thanksgiving at Our Redwood Table – Hope H. – Medium


A Memoir Book Review

              “love bursts the bubbles…”                               photo via creative commons.

Hi friends,

I’m so honored to finally share my latest book review with you. It’s a bit of a stretch from my usual LIS reference resources but if you’re looking for something enticingly different — check it out. 

Thanks to Katy and the folks at NewPages!

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro | NewPages.com

Here are some books to movies you can tune into this fall.

Welcome to Fall 2019


Jack and Jill are delighted by the cool fall weather. How about you? Photo via Creative Commons.

Binge Away: Audio, or better yet, read it and then watch it.

Some Halloweeny Ideas


A shallow and self-centered prince is cursed by a witch to transform into a beast for the rest of his life unless he can make a woman love him before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. Belle, a bookish girl ahead of her time, saves her father from the clutches of the beast by offering to remain a prisoner in his stead.

Based On: The Story of Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Hattie Morahan

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