Ladies, stop crushing on fictional sociopaths!

While cold weather has the upper midwest in a vice grip, the Netflix series You is on a hot streak, trending among the most popular options currently on the streaming service. Though I had never heard of the series when it first debuted on Lifetime, I quickly picked up on the buzz surrounding it from friends, social…

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving for…

5 things for the start of the new year

Happy New Year!! It’s 2019!! How does it feel? Some of us sprinted to the finish line of 2018, grateful to have made it in one piece. Some of us dragged our feet, reluctant to leave behind what was, perhaps, the best year ever. Maybe you’re unsure of where you stand on the whole prospect…

Five movies based on books…that are better than the originals

This past weekend, my high school theater program completed their run of The Giver, a dramatic stage play based on the young adult novel of the same title. The Giver is my favorite book of all time, and when the movie was announced in 2014, I was going to be first in line to see the story…

Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend

At our first back to school inservice day this week, a colleague approached me in a flurry of excitement. “I have a question for you! Wait here!” she exclaimed, as she rushed over to her school bag. Curious as to her inquiry, I did wait there, and she quickly returned with the name of a…

Read it before you see it – Crazy Rich Asians

A few weeks ago, we went to see Oceans 8 in the theater. Oceans 11 is one of my husband’s favorite movies, so he was excited to see another installment in the franchise, and I was excited to see a movie with a whole host of strong female protagonists. Before the movie started there were the usual…

Great wine pairings for classic literature

It’s the first day of summer, not that you’d ever recognize it here in southeastern Minnesota where it’s 60 degrees and raining. It’s been a strange year with snow lasting well into April, then the temperature ramping up immediately to 90 degrees, and then summer officially arriving on a day that looks and feels a…