[14 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade month!
When I posted about justice earlier this year, I said that one of the points made to me was, if you want to work for justice, find ways to incorporate it into your current life. Justice feels like such a big issue, that big action is necessary. This isn’t possible for me right now, but small actions are.
So, I’m celebrating the small actions.
For me, this has meant incorporating Fair Trade products into my life when and where I can. Fair Trade means that the farmers and workers …

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Book Clubs, Books »

[3 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista 15-16 Long List

It is that time again – the month when my book group takes a pause from discussing a book to research and pitch the next year’s selections. I love this meeting, not only because of the excitement it creates about the next year’s reading, but also because I know I’m going to come away with a long list of books now on my radar to read. (If you’re new to Lit&Leisure, I’ve written about how our book group selects books here, and about last year’s long list and short list as …

Cooking »

[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

So everyone knows kale and brussel sprouts are all the rage. I’ve been enjoying eating these salads out (though some have nailed it down better than others), and recently I thought, I can do that. I can make a kale and brussel sprout salad at home that tastes good and enjoy the health benefits at the same time.
I did a little research, came up with what I thought was the right concoction & hit pay dirt. The first time I made this, I knew it was a hit. Here goes:
Kale and …

Book Clubs, Books, Things I Love »

[30 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Top 100* Books

Periodically, my book club will have members submit their top 10 all time favorite books. We did this recently, and as a result of the exercise, we have a top 100 books as determined by the SOC Sistas.
There are 11 of us, and together we represent well over 500 years of collective reading. That said, several of us thought it unfair to be restricted to just 10 books with so many years to have contributed selections, so we opted to take license with the number and submit more.
What is below …

Book Reviews, Books »

[28 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review ::The Narrow Road to the Deep North

“A good book… leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul,” says Dorrigo Evans, the lead character of Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. There’s a whole lotta soul readin’ over here.
Flanagan said it is the book he knew he’d have to write if he kept on writing. For him, it is deeply personal – his father, a survivor of the horror the novel depicts. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and fully deserves it.
Narrow Road centers around …

Miscellaneous, Movie Reviews, Out and About »

[21 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Movie Reviews :: Oscar Nods for Best Picture

Scott and I checked an item off our bucket list this year by seeing all eight Academy Award Best Picture nominations before  awards night (which is tomorrow for those who are wondering). While it has taken some careful planning, it has been fun and perhaps will become an annual tradition in our house. Next step will be hosting an Oscar party… but I digress.
Here’s my preference in order for Best Picture among this year’s nominations. Keep in mind, this is for Best Picture. (Liking a movie doesn’t make it a candidate …