Five Mystery and Thriller Shows I’ve Enjoyed Lately(ish)

I refuse to look at a calendar and calculate how long it’s been since I’ve shared a blog post, but the impending-ness of 2024 finally got me off my tuchus. (Bet you’ve always wanted to know how to spell tuchus—you’re welcome.) It seems like a good time to share Five Shows before the 2024 season rolls around. (And, honestly, before I forget about them. In that vein, I have another Five Shows semi-queued up; we’ll see if I actually post it before 2023 gives us the middle finger. 😉) These programs aren’t necessarily The Best Viewing Entertainment of All Time, Read more…

Five Mystery and Thriller Shows Grabbing my Attention Lately

How’s it going, Reader Peeps? I’m feeling a little scattered, a little behind, but we all are this time of year, right? Please say yes. 😂 You know, with the holidays, the plague of the moment… Here in East Hawaii, add in two simultaneously erupting volcanic eruptions that are maybe hopefully not so active right now, but still help create voggy skies and a roof full of starving solar panels. All in all, it is definitely a recipe for distraction. If you’re going to be distracted like me, you might as well have something fun to watch. By fun, I Read more…

How to Be an International Person of Mystery, Without Leaving Your Couch

Getting tired of the same old NCIS-Boca Raton or Law & Order ASPCA? You can check out my Stories I Love posts for recommendations, or read on… The hubs and I have been incredibly fortunate during the pandemic in many ways, but we haven’t seen our families—or much of anyone or anything else—in over a year. I’m sure many of you can relate. On top of that, we’re both the kind of people who need periodic exposure to new things to maintain our sanity. So how have we kept our household from turning into a lurid headline or a Stephen Read more…

An Impromptu List for a Much-Needed Reading Retreat

How are y’all doing out there in the big wide world? I hope you’re not still slamming ibuprofren after digging out from Winter Storm Gail. If—like me—you were wondering about the whole winter storm-naming thing, Wikipedia says it has happened intermittently in the U.S. since the 1700s, but really kicked in with the Weather Channel in the 2010s. This Mental Floss piece explores, Why Is It Controversial to Name Winter Storms? Webcams showed that, in solidarity, Hawaii Island had at least a dusting of snow on Mauna Kea last night. Meanwhile, we had four inches of rain in Lower Puna. Well, Read more…

Stories I Love: Justified

Hoo, boy. This post is one that’s been a long time coming, and almost didn’t happen this week, either. But when my husband shared that a friend is currently watching this Story I Love as comfort viewing, I knew I had to suck it up. Who knows? If you’re a stranger to Harlan County, this may be the comfort you need to get you through until your next delivery of ice cream and/or alcohol. (Future blog readers, assuming there are any: we’re currently seven months or so into the Covid Times.) Harlan County, Kentucky, is the setting for the crime Read more…