From And They Said It Would Never Last by Curtis Sittenfeld

Meanwhile, in my head, I can still hear Sam’s voice. I think about the things I’d like to tell him, and I imagine what he’d say in reply. This isn’t the same as if we were having a real conversation.

From Your Heart Is A Muscle the Size of A Fist by Sunil Yapa

“There where they learned that courage is not the ability to face your fear, heroically, once, but is the strength to do it day after day.”

From Name All the Animals by Alison Smith (2)

We toured the city, looking for summer work as a cashier, a waiter, a groundskeeper, anything. I saw parts of Rochester that I had never seen before. After four hours of driving around and searching, filling out application forms against

From Name All the Animals by Alison Smith

These phrases rattled around inside me. I had no name for the feelings they conjured up. Like captions for a set of lost photographs, I knew what the individual words meant, but I didn’t know what to attach them to.

Better To Do

Last year after finalizing the process of taking over this, my sister’s blog & domain, and after organizing her memorial and inurnment, I wrote a post announcing that I’d be the new resident blogger behind Dr Wise Money here.

From The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Society and illness often encounter each other in parallel mirrors, each holding up a Rorschach test for the other.

5 Tips for Back to School Shopping  

Mini Wise Money requests to switch to Basis Tucson Primary. I was surprised because her friends at Sunrise Drive told Mini how much work and how little fun Basis is all about. I asked Mini, “are you sure, don’t you

WMS Fails: The Duds of 2016 Jan – Jun

WMS Fails: The Duds of 2016 Jan – Jun

I’m writing two companion posts on my favorite and least favorite purchases of the first half of 2016.

Bonus Post: Independent Bookstores & the Books I Bought

Bonus Post: Independent Bookstores & the Books I Bought

As we start to travel more frequently, the boyfriend and I make a point to visit a (hopefully used) bookstore at least once per trip. So let’s have a look-see where we’ve been and what we found!

Wardrobe Upgrades

Wardrobe Upgrades

I once read that a carpenter built his toolbox by buying the cheapest version of anything he needed, and as soon as he broke it, he upgraded to the best version in his budget.