Ducking in from the heat in the US Botanic Garden

US Botanic Garden/Kimberly Sullivan

The US Botanic Garden has a long history. It was established by US Congress in 1820 – and had been the dream of America’s first President, George Washington. Washington wished to establish a botanic garden that would serve in an educational function – teaching visitors about plants. The Botanic Garden celebrated its bicentennial during our…

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Writers – is (your new) book delivery the best delivery?

Three Coins, Kimberly Sullivan

Packages – and especially book packages – are always exciting, but as every author knows, there is one delivery that starts your heart going pitter-pat at record speed. That’s when your own novel delivery arrives in the mail. Sure, you’ve seen the digital proofs. You’ve obsessed over colors, fonts and design. If you’re an indie…

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Cooling off in Rome’s Piscina delle rose

Piscina delle rose, Rome/ Kimberly Sullivan

Anyone who knows Rome, knows that Rome is hot in summertime. And this summer was no exception. To cool off this summer, my younger son and I were often spending Sundays ar Rome’s outdoor public pool, Piscina delle rose. This pool was built in 1960 – the year in which Rome hosted the summer Olympics.…

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My August 2022 reads

August 2022 reads

Somewhat sad – knowing summer reading is coming to an end, but I’ve been enjoying a great summer in books. I was on holidays in the US in August, and many fabulous novels accompanied me on my travels throughout the month. Here are the novels I read in August. 2 of the 5 novels were…

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Birds’ eye view of Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas / Kimberly Sullivan

When my younger son and I were in Dallas, Texas on a hot August day last year, we were melting as we explored the city. We decided it would be best to get the lay of the land from up on high – from the (air-conditioned!)  observation tower of  the Dallas Reunion Tower. The 561…

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Book review: The Door

The Door, Szabo, cover

This is a beautifully written, slightly claustrophobic novel of a young, Budapest-dwelling Hungarian author – whose name we never learn until the end of the novel – who employs Emerence, an elderly woman, to become her housekeeper. Everyone in the neighborhood has tremendous respect for the older woman, but no one seems to know much…

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