Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: Responsibility, Recipes, and Reading

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

You guys, I am so sick and tired of people using their cell phones to record tragedies instead of calling for help. The Miami Herald reported a story about a woman in Kuwait who watched and recorded her maid as she dangled out of a seven story window  and screamed for help; NBC New York aired a story about passersby walking past a woman in New York who had her head stuck between subway doors; and NPR asked if the 40 or so people who watched the gang rape of a 15~year~old girl on Facebook Live should face charges. Absolutely yes. They {and anyone else who watches a crime being committed without reporting it} are as complicit as the participants. Is society so numb to the pain of others that rape and fear have become entertainment?

When we first moved to Italy, we spent a lot of time in the hotel. Finding a place to live on the economy was hard. Living in a hotel meant that we had to get creative with our meals because restaurants were expensive. To that end, we ate a lot of hot dogs, pork and beans, and Ramen noodles. We ate so many Ramen noodles that I swore I’d never eat them again once we left the hotel. And I’ve pretty much held true to that promise until I saw this post by One Crazy House called 22 Recipes That Prove Ramen Noodles Are the Best. Look at the pictures. Look at them. Don’t you wanna run to the store right now and spend your last $5 on 60 packs of Ramen noodles?

Oh, I received my second My Lit Box shipment. I’m so excited about this book delivery service, you guys. It’s introducing me to authors I wouldn’t otherwise read. I’m a creature of habit, so I have my favorite genres and rarely stray unless someone contacts me to write a review. To see what I received in my box, click here. I should’ve asked: have you ever heard of My Lit Box? It’s a monthly book delivery service that focuses on writers of color. While the focus of the books is on people of color, the themes are universal: love, happiness, survival, family, politics, social justice, etc. And the little accessories of that come with the books aren’t bad either {I love the cute little tote bag that came in this month’s shipment}.

Now, it’s your turn… What’s going on in your world? Anything have you scratching your head or belly laughing? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my TBR Shelf? Have you cooked or ordered anything tasty?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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