Month: April 2017

How the Characters April and Oliver Found Their Way into My Life

April and Oliver is one of those truly special reads. It’s the debut novel of author Tess Callahan (and to date, her only novel). Four years ago, I happened upon this book by chance, and it was a memorable read that landed itself on my keeper shelf. If you are looking for a moving novel about love, grief, growing up, messing up, moving on, and letting go, this subtle yet effective character piece may be one of the best books you’ve probably never heard of. First, how did I even end up reading this gem of a novel? Well,...

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An Intimate Concert with Vanessa Carlton

Last week, my sister and I attended the Vanessa Carlton concert at the Triple Door in Seattle (I know, I know, I’m a bit slow in posting this, but I’ve been busy….). The Triple Door is an intimate bar and concert venue, which is always the best kind of place to see your favorite artists. Small venues put you close enough to feel the performers’ energy and take in their facial expressions. There is also usually much more control of the sound and acoustics. The Triple Door is a fantastic venue and they serve great food and drinks too,...

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A Magical Read for the Creative Soul

I’d heard great things about Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, a non-fiction book about creativity. Gilbert is most well-known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love which was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts. However, I’ve neither read the memoir nor seen the movie. (Perhaps I will now). A couple months ago, I was at the bookstore and I cracked open Big Magic to read a few pages. I liked Gilbert’s voice – fresh, conversational, frank – and so I decided to buy it. I’d heard others refer to this book as “inspiring” so ultimately,...

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