Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

Check in at Christine’s blog for her thoughts on the week, which reflect my own.  I cannot believe how far down the Rabbit Hole politicians will go in their quest for “immigration reform” in this country!  Separating babies and toddlers from their immigrant parents is cruel and unusual punishment, something you might expect from…well, let’s see, Nazi Germany?

And then, after the furor reached a peak that he could no longer ignore, Trump signed that Executive Order today…not to correct a wrong, but to still the loud voices, IMO. 

  • I finished watching The Fourth Estate (on Showtime) this week; it included a series of weekly episodes about Trump’s first year in office, and the New York Times’ coverage of events.
  •  From darker thoughts to bookish ones:  my reading is a little better this week; I’m on my third book.  I finished Before & Again, by Barbara Delinksy, and Educated, by Tara Westover.  (Click titles for my reviews).
  • Now I’m reading Bring Her Home, by David Bell.  I’m really enjoying it.
  • I haven’t found anything captivating on Netflix this week, but I did start watching the 2nd Season of the Amazon Prime show Goliath, with Billy Bob Thornton.
  • I am happy to view some returning shows that have been on hiatus, like The Bold Type and The Affair.
  • A new show caught my interest:  American Woman, with Alicia Silverstone, set in the 1970s.  The story highlights a woman’s efforts to get a divorce from her cheating husband, and how she comes to realize the disadvantages she is under financially, with no credit or job.  A familiar theme for those of us who lived through that time.
  • TV shows and movies often reflect the realities around us…but sometimes they are pure fantasy.  I tend to steer away from the latter, but perhaps fantasy would be a better way to cope with the bleakness we see in our current world.
  • Last weekend, I enjoyed some lighter moments in life when some members of my family got together for lunch.  Brett brought Madeline to introduce to us, and beforehand, he sent some photos with the two of them in Napa wineries…


So…from a dark note to some lighter ones…that’s how my week has unfolded.  What are your thoughts?



  1. Patty

    It must be fun to meet new friends of your children and gather together for a festive lunch. Is Brett your oldest son? I need to start Goliath but something about it stops me. We are working on The Crown and all of the old Sherlock Holmes ones.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Patty, and Brett is my second son. Craig, the oldest, is the one who lives in Prague, while my youngest son lives in Crescent City…far north!

      My daughter lives in a neighboring town.

      Goliath is a good show for me when I’m feeling intense about the injustices I see around me. The character works on helping the “good guys,” when evil lurks. LOL.

      I also love The Crown.


  2. Family is what keeps me centered – always. I spend a lot of time between caring for my mom and helping my oldest daughter while she’s on maternity bedrest. She has two toddlers as well 🙂

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    1. Wow, maternity bedrest. That has to be challenging! But you do have the right idea, Mary, and I do feel centered when family is near. My daughter is nearby, while the “boys” are not easily accessed…except via Skype, FB, text messages. Grateful for those! And, of course, the occasional and wonderful get-togethers.

      Thanks for visiting!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy, I feel less alone and less angry when others are sharing their outrage, too. I can handle reading and watching some of it, but then I have to bury my nose in a book…or a movie. Have a great weekend, escaping and enjoying your life. The visit to the brewery sounded like a good distraction.


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