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I'm a software tech writer by day. I enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy, science, some philosophy, and anything else that looks interesting or challenging. Professionally, I need to learn a great deal about cloud native tech like Kubernetes, storage, AWS, and so on.

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Pictures of Hollis Woods (Paperback, 2004, Yearling) 5 stars

Pictures tell a 1,000 words that we didn't know at the time

5 stars

Hollis Woods, Josie, Beatrice, Stephen, The Old Man. Vignettes and portraits told in snippets as we see through eyes that maybe aren't ours (or aren't ours anymore) to see the details that are so easy to miss in the blur of living.

Giff tells a lovely story of being found and accepting who you are and what you can be when you let others in.

Shakespeare's secret (2005, Henry Holt and Co.) 4 stars

Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring …

A necklace, a diamond, and a good finding place

4 stars

This story of finding and being found tells of a mystery. As Hero adapts to yet another new home and school, she uncovers surprising friends and an absorbing mystery. Might she and her friends reveal a centuries old secret?

A read aloud shared with our kids,vwe all enjoyed this story.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 5 stars

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) …

Searching for meaning in the spaces between us

5 stars

What does it mean to be, to exist? How do we find satisfaction in simply being? Or does satisfaction come from contributing something back to others while having our own needs met by them? What do we need as people? As individuals? As a society? As a shared planet?

Chambers explores big questions, maybe even bigger ones in our second journey with Dex and Mosscap as when we first met them.

I left the first book wanting a friend to serve me tea. In leaving this one wanting to give and to be given to. For in that is life and meaning and contentment. Thriving and leaving space for others around me to thrive, too.

Five stars.