About

stickHello! My name is Amanda. Welcome to my tiny corner of the blogosphere!

The Zen Leaf began many years ago as a book blog, and remains primarily book-oriented to this day. I, however, have never been very good at one-track thinking. There are too many things I love, and I can’t stick to just one! So while books will continue to dominate The Zen Leaf, other parts of my life will tiptoe in from time to time. Sometimes more often than not. Which means that beyond book reviews and book talk, you might find content related to:

  • my personal life as a married, stay-at-home-mom, and plenty more about my quirky family
  • gender, queer, and LGBTQIA issues, which are a passion of mine, especially as an agender person in a nontraditional family
  • my love for writing – more about that on my Writing Page.
  • yarn art and crochet
  • my struggles: with parenthood, with my body, with PTSD and anxiety and panic and weight loss and depression and agoraphobia and eating issues….yeah. More on my Wellness Page.
  • other miscellaneous stuff I love as an extroverted, opinionated force of nature (ha!). Seriously, though. Social = good. I want all the hugs in the world. And all the coffee. And all the chocolate. And all the tarot cards. And all the yarn. And the puppy-sized elephants. Please?

And now – if I haven’t frightened you off completely – feel free to look around my blog. I love love love meeting people and look forward to getting to know you! Just please keep the following guidelines in mind while you peek around:

In terms of comments, I do not mind polite disagreement and discussion, but I will delete any attacking or inflammatory comment outright. I have no time/energy to deal with that kind of thing.

Also, there are a handful of password-protected book reviews on this site. I’ve chosen to keep them private because my thoughts about these books are private. Both positive and negative reviews have been password protected, as well as books where I was involved in some way with the creative process. These are all simply reviews which, for one reason or another, I am not comfortable sharing publicly. Thank you for your respect concerning them.

Last updated: 12/23/16

 

 

5 Responses to About

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  2. Leona says:

    I lived in TX for 10 years, 8 of that being San Antonio. Now I live in Helsinki, Finland. Small world! Go to the Nine Lives bookstore for me, too, will ya?

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    • Amanda says:

      Helsinki? Wow, what a change! How long have you been there? I’ll think about you when I’m next at HPB. It’s across town from me, so it probably won’t be until my boys are in school, but I’m definitely looking forward to it!

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      • Leona says:

        About 2 years. It was my lifelong dream to live in Finland. Now I’m freezing in the middle of July but the cold summer is forcing me to stay indoors and get the writing done. I miss shopping and eating out, especially Chacho’s (my guilty pleasure) and those awesome flans they sell at HEB!

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      • Amanda says:

        That is really cool! And the writing part, too. 🙂

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