art/craft/cooking, Book reviews, books, History-Geography, Poetry


Just a quick update of my current reads. Choosing Civility. This is a gem of a book. Not too long. Nothing new. Just a warm and wise way of expanding on the concept of civility. We exist and we perceive our identity not in a vacuum but rather in relation to others. Life is relational.… Continue reading Serendipity

books, Photography, Poetry


Isn't this a decadent copy of Wuthering Heights? My dear friend Kim gave it to me for my birthday. Last year we read it together, and both of us loved it. We are in the fun process of picking other 4 or 5 books for these upcoming months. We have To the Lighthouse, by Woolf, The… Continue reading Beauties

Book reviews, books, Spanish Books

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa, 1987, ★★★★ I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an… Continue reading The Storyteller, by Mario Vargas Llosa

Book reviews, books, Madame Bovary, Photography, poetic living

This and That

These are the absolutely beautiful Cedar Waxwing birds that are visiting Houston these days. They come in the evenings. These are pictures I took from my youngest daughter bedroom's window. A simple meal. Pork breakfast sausage, frozen sauteed veggies, sauteed cauliflower, tomatoes with our basil, and peanut sauce. And one of my current readings which… Continue reading This and That