2018 Books

I read a lot in 2018. Mostly, I read while standing in line at the Dutch version of Home Depot, waiting to get wood cut. Who knew that rebuilding a house could be good for your reading habit? In total, I read 125 books. Thanks to my fellow book club member and sometimes friend for … [Read more…]

In Defense Of Libraries

Maybe it’s because I’m the granddaughter of a librarian, but when these occasional pieces about how we should get rid of libraries in favor of Amazon and claiming they are no longer relevant are published, I’m mostly confused. Libraries do a lot more than lend books. A lot. And much of what they do serves … [Read more…]

No Help Is Better Than Self Help

I read a lot. And sometimes, I read self-help books. I’m not super clear why. Occasionally, I’ve gotten them as a present. Or someone strongly recommends one. The ABC has a few on their favorites list. My father suggests some. Here’s what self-help I’ve read so far in 2018: How To Stop Feeling Like Shit … [Read more…]

All The Time We Thought We Had: A Review

Gordon and I had worked together before we actually met face to face. After years of sending emails back and forth about news stories for Dutch News, we finally decided to grab a cup of coffee. He was a few minutes late and, after ordering, I asked him how he came to be in the … [Read more…]

Book Review: Learn to cycle in Amsterdam

This gorgeous how-to book brings out all of the rules and norms of cycling in Amsterdam alongside amazing pictures of every day cycling experiences. Get it for anyone who comes to visit and needs a primer before heading out on a bike in the city. Read more.