Author: shannon

Shopping On-line, on Free-For-All-Friday

I love the idea of Free-For-All-Friday! Of course we'll talk literature, but we'll talk a lot of other stuff if we feel like it. In keeping with Wednesday's post about domesticity and sensible vs high-heeled shoes, I'm still struggling with the juggling of Christmas decor calling...

Sensible Shoes in “Annabel”; High heels in my Heart

Ah, domesticity. It's a love/hate relationship for this lady on literature. One the one hand, I am a true Cancerian, lover of home and family, baker of cakes. On the other, I am passionate about travel, enjoy change, and yearn for adventure...

Happy Birthday, Mom…& Happy December Reading, LOL!

It’s December 5th, so the first thing I have to say, before I even introduce LOL’s next novel, is: Happy Birthday, Mom! She’d probably get mad if I told you how old she is, but let’s just say, she looks amazing and I’m proud of...

More Musings on “the Help” & “Midwife of Venice”

Blog on! It’s day two and while I’ve come up with a ton of other stuff to say about the Help (including how much the author looks like a  friend of mine) I do need to make mention of the second book we read before...

Welcome to Ladies on Literature

Holy flip…I’m flipping out. This is my first blog post—like ever. I’ve been writing professionally for several years but it was time to get bloggin’. I can wax on with the drippiest of them, but here’s how this blog is going to go: At the beginning...

28 Nov
Happy in Hijab

There is plenty to love about my friend, but she hates her hair. She says when she dies God is going to give her long, luscious locks. Smart, stunning and successful, I say He already gave her enough. But despite her gifts, this woman wields war against...

28 Nov
Jazzed about Jordan

I’ll admit it: I was the hold out on Jordan. “Don’t you want to see the Dead Sea? What about Mount Nebo and Petra?” My husband was incredulous. But I was incredibly done—with the Middle East, that is. We’d lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for...

28 Nov
Petra, Please

Moviegoers recognize it as the site where Indiana Jones was filmed; history buffs know it as Petra. An entire city, complete with a theater, tombs, a monastery, dining halls, and the famous treasury, all cut into towering rocks, tourists visit Jordan just to lay...

28 Nov
Beautiful Beirut: Victim to the Beast of War

I wasn’t very old when the civil war began in Beirut. Back in 1975 I was more interested in my swing set than news of war plaguing the city symbolic of the ongoing juggle between hope and despair that characterizes the Middle East. I remember adults...

28 Nov
Reflections on Ramadan and Toasts to Turkey

Ah, ostentatious October! How I love this show-off month when the earth delights in decorating herself in jewel toned accessories like a mother of fashion, embracing her new fall line.Graciously remaining emerald green, the lawn glows while all around golden leaves glimmer like dangling earrings swaying...