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Book Review: Sparrow by L.J.Shen

  SPARROW, the caged lovebird of a ruthless ‘fixer’, is feisty, sassy and knows how to throw a punch. She is the latest conquest and forced bride of Troy Brennan, a man on a mission. One night, Troy kidnaps Sparrow and forces her into a sham marriage of convenience. Tongues wag, sparks fly, and inevitable…

Review: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

I devour books. Sometimes one or two 300+ page novels in a week. At any one time, I’ll be reading 4-5 novels simultaneously. I’m a bit ADHD that way. So it takes quite a lot for me to stick with one book and finish it from cover to cover in a matter of days. If…

It Ends With All Of Us

Dear Mrs. Hoover, Your newest release, It Ends With Us, was not just a book to me. It wasn’t good. It was phenomenal. It wasn’t a page-turner. It was a I’m-crying-so-hard-I-can’t-see-the-pages-anymorer. It wasn’t powerful. It was I-was-just-bulldozed-by-a-semi-save-me-now. This book made me feel so much pain I wanted to rip it to shreds. I wanted to bury it in…

Orchid Fallen

Found an old poem I wrote three years ago. Thought I’d share it here. ORCHID FALLEN Our love is like an orchid fallen crumpled buds and scattered pollen satin petals shriveled and pale so, sad, so stale.   Our love is like an orchid fallen wilted stems and scattered pollen rotting roots dried and twisted…

Trashed Garage (Another Tenant Horror Story)

This story is infinitely tamer than my Drug Dealer Tenants post. But bad tenants are bad tenants. So here’s another landlady horror story for you. This story happened shortly after my daughter was born. We were cycling through tenants like crazy because nobody seemed to want to live in a basement and listen to a…

Be this Orchid. 

Guys, I’m on the verge of tears. My phalaenopsis orchid has bloomed after 2.5 years of TLC.  Two winters ago, the local florist was getting rid of dying orchids because they’d cut off the flowers for a wedding centerpiece. I purchased 3 orchids and lugged them home (with much difficulty) on public transit. 2 of…

Growing Up Poor – Life Lessons Pt. 1

TL;DR; I grew up dirt poor and learned a lot of hard life lessons.     When my family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in the 90s, we spent the first year and a half living in the same building as drug dealers, prostitutes, and other seedy types. It was a moldy, decrepit building on the…

Motivational Quote of the Day

If you’re in a rut, you’re not alone. Often, problems are all a matter of perspective. Change your approach, and you might find your solution. Happy long weekend, everyone! Love, Jackie

Drug Dealer Tenants (I’m a shitty landlady)

TL;DR: I rented my parents’ condo out to drug dealers and they fucked it up. A few years ago, my parents bought a brand new condo and asked me to help them find a tenant. I said, sure, why not. I posted an ad on Craigslist, and one responder, let’s call him ‘Hank’, really wanted…