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Failure

Failure, and the fear of it, can really tie us in knots if we let it. I think it’s because we don’t understand what it is.

It’s generally thought to be a lack of success; not achieving the thing you set out to do. But I disagree. To me, there’s only one way to fail and that is to stop going after the thing you really want.

If what you want changes and you switch goals, you haven’t failed. You’ve pivoted. If you keep trying to achieve one goal but don’t, you haven’t failed. You’ve learned what didn’t work. You’ve ruled something out, and in doing so, have gotten one step closer to your goal.

When we look at it that way, it’s actually quite hard to fail.

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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