Book Review: The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks by Julie Valerie

A newcomer adjusts to living in a small town  Susan Specht Oram’s review of The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks Everything is going wrong for Holly Banks. She’s new to the Village of Primm and trying to adjust but it seems like she’s the only one with a messy life....

Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

An uplifting novel by the author of "A Man Called Ove"  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Anxious People When a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house in a small town in Sweden and takes hostages, each person harbors hurts and passions ready ...

Summer in the San Juan Islands

Looking over Guemes Channel on a summer day   Summer boating in the San Juan islands - YouTube A brief glimpse of boats plying Guemes Channel on a sunny summer day in Washington State

Boating in the San Juans

Best places to boat in the San Juan Islands  The 10 Best San Juan Island Boating Spots | NW Explorations Beautiful places to explore

Book Review: Murder and the Movies

Great insights into movie making (including how Hitchcock worked)  Susan Specht Oram’s review of Murder and the Movies Through a broad sweep of film history, a renowned movie critic offers insights into how the treatment of death on screen has evolved. I enjoyed reading t...

Book Review: A Million Reasons Why

A beautiful novel filled with family secrets and surprises Susan Specht Oram’s review of A Million Reasons Why: A Novel When Caroline, an efficient event planner and mother of three, receives an email from a woman she doesn’t know claiming to be her half sister, she dismis...

Life in the San Juan Islands, WA

A six-year-old sets off from home to sail the high seas and more Sheriff's log:

Please... wear a life jacket

You never know what'll happen out on the water. Health chief urges swimming, boating safety after drownings - MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's health commissioner is urging people to practice swimming and boating safety this summer following a number of recent drownings. Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday to always wear a life jacket on a...

In the San Juan Islands

Moving a house from Decatur Island by barge... YouTube See a house barged by Nickel Bros from Decatur Island, WA to San Juan Island on a winter morning. It's been moved once before, in 1959, from Seattle's Capito...

Summer boating

With social distancing, more boaters are anchoring out. Here are some great pointers to remember. Anchor Etiquette, Nine Rules to keep friends in the anchorage Sail World - The world's largest sailing news network; sail and sailing, cruising, boating news

Life in the Pacific NW

A recent visitor to our neighborhood: a Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl habitat, behavior, diet, migration patterns, conservation status, and nesting.,side%20of%20the%20Cascade%20Mountains.

Book Review: Blunt Force (5 stars)

Check out my book review of Blunt Force, a thriller by Lynda La Plante  Review | NetGalley NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. https:...

Book Review: Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling (4 out of 5 stars)

I just reviewed Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling on NetGalley. A missing diamond necklace, a rundown mansion and a group of outcast teens make for a good read. Review | NetGalley

Book Review: Set My Heart to Five (5 stars)

Check out my review of Set My Heart to Five on NetGalley. I loved this funny, insightful novel.  Review | NetGalley

Book Review: Before She Was Helen (5 stars)

I reviewed Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney on NetGalley:  This fast-moving story keeps the reader guessing.  Review | NetGalley

See Team Sail Like a Girl Race2AK in 2019

Race2Alaska is cancelled this year but take a look at how Team Sail Like a Girl paddled & sailed the R2AK race last year Video: Reliving R2AK 2019 with Team Sail Like a Girl | 48° North Ride along with Team Sail Like a Girl as they pedal and sail their way north during the 2019 Race to Alaska.

Book review: The Forger's Daughter (5 stars)

I just reviewed The Forger's Daughter on #NetGalley. Loved this riveting mystery! #TheForgersDaughter Review | NetGalley

IR best practices during a pandemic

Great article on IR best practices during COVID-19  Investor Relations Thoughts and Best Practices in the COVID-19 Environment | Business Wire Blog The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed amid a sea of information, but it’s paramount to focus on the health and safety of loved ones, family and ...

What is Investor Relations?

This article offers insights into the role of Investor Relations  The Role of Investor Relations - Importance of the IR Department Investor Relations (IR) combines finance, communication, and marketing to control information between a company, investors & stakeholders. The IR role is to enable the company to achieve the optimum s...

Dogs & Books (the best!)

Dogs are the best teachers  Kids Are Going to the Dogs to Practice Reading | Voice of America - English Some children are going to the dogs to practice their reading.   A nonprofit called People Animals Love (PAL) has a free after-school program where kids read aloud to therapy dogs and their owners, who are volunteers, in 30 libraries in...

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