Books

Books and Bakes Book Tag

WELCOME BACK TO THE OPTIMISM BLOG. I HAVE RETURNED TO WORK. Also, I was able to pick up salted malted cookie dough ice cream from Salt & Straw and it is THE BEST. I now have the energy to talk about baked goods and books. I found this tag (created by Life is a Page… Continue reading Books and Bakes Book Tag

Real Life

My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Last night, while waiting for the bus, I got angry. It happened while I was reading updates on the impeachment trial and accompanying Tweets from Methodists annoyed with the proceedings. They have every right to be frustrated. Ten months ago, queer Methodists (myself included) and their allies were denied inclusion in the Methodist denomination. It… Continue reading My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Books

The End of the Year Book Tag 2019

THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE UP DOWNTOWN. HOW IS IT THE END OF THE YEAR? I AM TRYING TO WRITE A NOVEL. I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, SEATTLE. LEAVE ME ALONE. To make peace with the end of the year, I grabbed this tag from Elli's blog. *sigh* I have so many books to… Continue reading The End of the Year Book Tag 2019

Books

The Fall Bucket List Tag

I've been seduced by another fall-themed tag. It's this or Halloween tags. Those are the only options. I keep up with seasonal tags by following Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books. Will I actually bake cinnamon rolls and go apple-picking this fall? You read my Summer Bucket List Tag. I didn't do any of the activities on that… Continue reading The Fall Bucket List Tag

Books, Real Life

2019 Democratic Debate Book Tag

Due to my personal political frustrations, I sometimes fantasize about setting the current political system on fire. Luckily, I won't have to; the Democratic party is doing that for me. With more than 20 candidates in a party that can't agree on its priorities, I don't have much hope for the 2020 election. How do… Continue reading 2019 Democratic Debate Book Tag

Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

HA! I'm drafting this bish on a Monday NIGHT! NOW who's caught unawares, Top Ten Tuesday!? I didn't think I WAS excited about the latter half of 2019 until I reviewed its upcoming releases. It feels wrong to anticipate new books when I'm watching the pile of unread books on my floor grow by the… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Books, Movies, Real Life, Television

US Abortion Bans

Alabama passed a law on Monday that effectively bans abortion as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy. Yesterday, the governor of Alabama signed the bill into law. This morning, I saw the news: Missouri passed a similar bill right after the governor's decision. In both states, no exceptions exist for rape or incest. 28… Continue reading US Abortion Bans