I didn’t know what to expect from this book, other than that I had read and followed the author, Rupi Kaur, on her Tumblr page and enjoyed her prose. Aesthetic wise, I love the cover, which I know is cliché and has nothing to do with the contents of the book, but the matte black cover with bumblebees provides me with more happiness than should be warranted from a book cover. The book, Milk and Honey, is broken down into four parts: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing. My favorite parts were The Loving and The Breaking, probably because all my writing originates from either falling in love or reeling from a heartbreak. The Hurting mainly focused on the dysfunction of families and The Healing highlighted femininity and female empowerment. I didn't hate those sections but the raw and carnal emotion from losing love really speaks to me and I found those poems to be the most influential.
I love prose books because they are quick reads and take you through an entire person’s range of emotions in usually under an hour or less. The shortness and bluntness of her poetry was refreshing and I loved the images posted on many of the pages. Unfortunately, it took me a little while to warm up to this book. The Hurting section was a little disappointing to me and I believe the least moving moment of the book, which is unfortunate because it is the first section. If this book were not so widely acclaimed and a NY bestseller, I might have put the book down at that point. I couldn’t connect to the author and found her poetry to be a bit immature in that first section. I’m very glad I continued to read because I loved the next two sections, so much so that I wish her book was simply The Loving and The Breaking sections.
I definitely enjoyed the majority of the book and would recommend it but I have read other poetry books I found to be more moving and influential. I’m not sure I would have picked this book up if I hadn’t read so much praise for it, however for the parts I did enjoy, I’m very happy I did delve more into it. I look forward to seeing how Rupi develops and matures as a writer and what her next book will be.
Imagine this: The CDC has put out a mass warning to all to stay inside or flee north as signs of a rare disease is spreading throughout the country. Side effects include the dead coming back to life and consuming human flesh. The zombie apocalypse is upon us, who do you want by your side?
What she brings to the table- Rapunzel is locked up high in a stone tower, so how would the zombies ever get inside? I suppose they could knock it over but in all the fairy tale pictures I’ve seen of Rapunzel’s fortress, it looks very sturdy and able to withstand some pushing from weak boned half dead creatures.
Drawbacks- Her bird friends can bring you nuts and berries but how long before you end of starving up in that tower because of lack of food?
What she brings to the table- She is a born hunter and gatherer. She will kill meat for you, tell you which berries are poisonous and prepare a feast. She is used to living outside so I’m sure her shelter building skills are impressive and if she can kill a deer, she can definitely kill a zombie.
Drawbacks- I can absolutely see grandmother Willow getting into her head and convincing Pocahontas to ditch you. She’s used to roaming on her own and it will only be a matter of time before she discovers you’re just another mouth to feed and your pace is slowing her down.
What she brings to the table- She’s great at playing dead and if the time came, I wholeheartedly believe she could convince the zombies to ignore her via her amazing acting skills. Also, she lives with seven men with short legs, which you could easily outrun if the time came to make a break for it
Drawbacks- That’s a lot of mouths to feed and Snow is quite the damsel in distress so you would really have to take the lead on the whole killing zombies thing.
What she brings to the table- Obviously, she could freeze a large number of zombies in 2 seconds or less and could create a fortress of ice to keep you safe. Also, I’ve never seen zombies slip on ice before but I’m sure its hilarious.
Drawbacks- She’s moody and bossy and can you really see yourself living in the freezing cold for the rest of time? Also, she will always pick her sister over you if the time ever comes when she has to choose.
What she brings to the table- She is a fierce warrior who could slice through zombies and protect you from any danger.
Drawbacks- She’s definitely a conflicted soul going through a bit of a gender crisis and comes from a complicated family. As much as she excels in fighting, do you really want to be stuck with all that family baggage and her constantly talking about her daddy issues?
What she brings to the table- I don’t think zombies can swim? At least not very well so living under the sea might be an advantage, that is, if she can somehow convince a sea witch to grant you fins. There’s plenty of food and resources in the ocean and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?
Drawbacks- If she can’t turn you into a mermaid, you’re pretty much screwed and if you’re allergic to shellfish or hate sushi, you will definitely starve.
Who Would You Pick?
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There comes a time when every D.C. resident needs to escape the swamp air of the city for a little rest and relaxation in the neighboring southern state of Virginia. What better way to forget about your job on the hill or the fact that your congressman compliments you a little too much then with some delicious Virginia wine.
There are one or two big wineries outside of the District that most tend to frequent, but if one is willing to go just a few more miles west, there are some hidden gems.
First, lets start off by how you will get there. If you don’t have the luxury of a D.D. and don’t want to fork over the money for a 40 minute Uber, do not fret, you have options.
Reston Limousine offers service to over 25 different wineries in the area. If you have a large group, you can rent a private bus but if it’s just you and four friends, you can book a seat on a public tour with other couples and friends ready to wine out.
1. Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery
Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: New facility, Pristine tasting room, BEST mountain views, Great amount of outdoor and indoor seating
Cons: Because it is in my eyes, one of the best wineries NOVA has to offer, it is often extremely crowded, I suggest making a reservation for a tasting
Wine Recommendation: Estate Rose, Viognier
2. Barrel Oak Winery
Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: View, Friendliness of Staff, Live Music, Atmosphere, food trucks on site
Cons: This winery is extremely dog friendly and although I love our canine friends, sometimes they fight with one another and can get loud, so be sure to not bring somewhere scared of dogs
Wine Recommendation: BowHaus Red, Petit Verdot
3. Three Fox Vineyards
Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: The staff is out of this world, you get a friendly vibe from everyone and they greet you like you’re family, hammocks by the creek, different selection of wine than the usual winery (most are Italian or French grapes)
Cons: No indoor bathrooms, but their outdoor one is way fancier than your average port a potty
Wine Recommendation: Gatto Bianco, La Trovatella Merlot
4. Naked Mountain Winery
Where: Markham, Virginia
Pros: Blue Ridge Mountains, wine selection, prices
Cons: Little indoor seating, there are picnic tables on the property but if you want to be on the deck or inside, space is limited
Wine Recommendation: Birthday Suit, Red Light
5. Cobbler Mountain Cellars
Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: In addition to their wines, they have a fantastic cider selection, family owned, adorable wine dog who roams the property, lots of seating
Cons: The location is right next to a cow farm so be ready to hear some, “MOO’s”
Wine Recommendation: Original Honey, Smackin’ Orange