The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge

Doidge, Norman. The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. New York: Viking, 2015. Print. Genre: Nonfiction (although don’t be surprised if you often think you’re reading scifi!) Summary: Imagination heals chronic pain. Meditation reverses blindness. Walking stops the onset of Parkinson’s. Red LED lights heal arthritis or physical disabilities caused… Continue reading The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Kondo, Marie. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Trans. Cathy Hirano. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2014. Print. Genre: nonfiction Summary: Tidying coach and expert Marie Kondo shares in this book the top-secret techniques she normally teaches one-on-one to clients paying top-dollar. Throughout, she defies conventional wisdom and practice… Continue reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Get Lost: A Story for Writers Who Haven’t Found Their Way

When a girl goes camping all by herself, as I did this past weekend, she is bound to undergo at least one significant spiritual transformation, or discover at least one profound truth about her inner self. I will share with you one of the profundities I discovered—maybe the greatest one: I do not own a… Continue reading Get Lost: A Story for Writers Who Haven’t Found Their Way

“Sand” Serif

Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! I am so tickled to share this good news with the world: a writer I helped with a story not only landed the piece in a major publication, but also recently garnered a lot of press coverage! Check it out: http://krqe.com/2015/08/02/new-mexico-womans-story-picked-up-by-chicken-soup-for-the-soul/ Full disclosure, this writer is my mom. When Chicken Soup posted its call… Continue reading “Sand” Serif

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink Press, 1994. Print. Genre: Craft Book, Comics Summary: McCloud delineates the history, present, and future status of comic books. He succinctly defines comics in opposition to other art forms. He also grapples with weighty artistic concerns encountered by all artists in all stages of… Continue reading Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud