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[14 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Literary Volunteerism :: Books for Africa

A couple of times a year, my team at work volunteers with a different not-for-profit around Atlanta. Last month, we spent a morning with Books for Africa (BFA) – an amazing organization that does just what it says – sends books to Africa. And, since this is a blog for people who love books, I wanted to share knowledge of this organization with you!
Americans throw away 320 million books a year. For 30 years, Books for Africa has worked to redirect this waste into the eagerly awaiting hands of …

Book Clubs, Books, Out and About, Podcast »

[13 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]
Meet the Author :: Amor Towles

Amor Towles wrote Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow – two of my favorite books from last year. When I learned that he was speaking in my state, I was thrilled. I was even more excited when I figured out that while it was on the other side of the state in Newnan, Georgia, it did happen to coincide with when I would be traveling back home from being in Columbus, Georgia for work.
It is obvious the fates were conspiring on my behalf.
He was a delight. And …

Justice, Out and About »

[16 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Nail Salons

Years before I heard Beth Cossin talk about human trafficking and the prevalence of it in nail salons, I contemplated the business viability of my favorite local nail salon. Here’s my question: I pay $20 for a manicure with gel nails and about $25 for a pedicure. Each service takes about an hour. When you consider deducting expenses, does this allow a sustainable margin? Is the salon making enough to adequately pay the person doing my nails?
Earlier this month New York Times published two pieces on the topic here and here. The journalist …

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 …

Book Reviews, Books, Out and About »

[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Book of Marie

He calls it his most important work. The Book of Marie by Terry Kay is an epistolary novel that spans fifty years of Cole Bishop’s life. Sparked by an invitation to his fiftieth high school reunion, Cole is thrust into memories of the girl, Marie who moved into his small North Georgia town his senior year – 1955.
Arriving from the “progressive” area of DC, Marie stirs things up in Overton, first by teaching the four small black children of their house maid and then by delivering a valedictorian speech that …

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[15 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff

A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff: The Great Recession and the Death of Small Town Georgia by William Rawlings
I met William Rawlings at a literary festival held recently in Dahlonega, Georgia. I was attracted to the festival by the appearance of Terry Kay as well as Cassandra King (Pat Conroy’s wife) and Joshilyn Jackson. (Was it too much to hope that Pat might accompany his wife on this trip?) Before arriving, I looked up the other writers who would be included, and Rawlings was one who interested me.
I attended a panel …

Cooking, Out and About »

[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Restaurant Review :: Park’s Edge

Just a block away from the cluster that is the rejuvenated Inman Park social scene on Highland Avenue, sits the aptly named Park’s Edge. Self-proclaimed as “Inman Park’s Best Kept Secret,” that will no longer be the case when February 3rd’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares – a reality TV show who’s famous host, Gordon Ramsey, is known for taking a tough love approach to cleaning up restaurant messes – airs and features the quaint neighborhood eatery.
My husband and I joined several friends there on Friday night, hoping to take advantage …

Miscellaneous, Out and About, Things I Love »

[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Love :: To-Go Tumblers

I do hate that I had to keep this post until after Christmas, but today’s Things I Love Thursday is what I gave my parents, and since my mom has a habit of stopping by Lit&Leisure, I couldn’t spoil their surprise.
Raise your hand if your parents are hard to buy for. [Looking at all the hands raised.] Mine aren’t always – often they help us out with ideas – but let’s face it, most of us buy for ourselves the things we need (or want) so sometimes coming up with …

Manners Monday, Out and About »

[31 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Manners Monday :: Bring a Gift

In October I’ve been focusing on table manners in order for us all to “up our game” during the holiday season which is right around the corner. As is typical during the season, we all are hosting and being hosted at one another’s homes more frequently, so now we should be ready to be on their best behavior at the table.
Today’s lesson isn’t about table manners, but more about honoring your host when you’ve been invited to someone’s home for dinner or a party. Bring a gift. It can be …

Cooking, Featured, Out and About »

[2 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
Road Trip :: Charleston, Part II – Food

So my sweetie and I celebrated our fourth anniversary mid-August in Charleston. Which means, amazing food. While I was trying to “not plan” as much as possible, I told my mom before we left that with that many fabulous restaurants, the one thing I felt I needed to plan was the food. One bad meal just isn’t an option when there is so much good stuff to choose from. So here’s the food scoop:
Our anniversary dinner was at Magnolia’s, the only reservation I made ahead of time. Magnolia’s is classic …