Blog Archives

My hiatus from book blogging will be ending soon

I have been having a little difficulty getting back to my book discussions after the sudden death of my son five weeks ago. I have continued reading, probably more and faster than before, but my focus has changed dramatically. I began the summer with a mission to read and study as many books of philosophy as I could, especially political philosophy. I will probably get back to The Wealth of Nations one of these days, but at the moment I do not much care about political philosophy.

My current thought on political philosophy boils down to this: The political and financial power systems of this world are so riddled with corruption that they are cracking at the seams and will soon collapse under the pressure of their own disease. Maybe the systems will hold together for another century or so. Maybe not that long. For the sake of  all the innocents and semi-innocents who will suffer when the world system finally crumbles, I hope it holds out for as long as possible. I see the Hillary Clinton campaign as a metaphor for the world system: very sick but desperately being propped up by all the power and money the world can supply. If you are of another political opinion, I don’t mean to offend.  You are welcome to think of a metaphor for the world system using the Donald Trump campaign. The disease in the system goes far beyond a couple of piddly American political parties but they are both displaying some serious symptoms.

My focus is now on that other world, the one where my son is not dead, the eternal reality where I and the rest of us will also be long before the century has passed. So the books I am reading are books that focus on that world. I want to read about the things that will survive: love, peace, service to others, sources of real joy, and the sustainer of all that is true, God. I have been writing a lot on my blog about Jesse, his life and the loss of his life on earth and it’s impact: the aftermath, the memories, and sources of comfort.

Once I begin writing about books again – and I feel like it will be soon – I will write about The Princess and Curdie and other writings of George MacDonald, as well as some of the many other books that have been giving me spiritual support. Books have always been a source of spiritual support for me, but now more than ever.


A Fall like no other is coming. My path of books will be different and so will my path of life.

You Can Trust Him

God's Faithfulness for the Grieving Parent

Memory Bears by Bonnie

For Those Who Grieve

Through the Looking-Glass

"We're all mad here." "How do you know I'm mad?" "You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”


Humanity ... the manifestation of the Ego and enemy of Truth

The Chatsworth Lady

gardening, jewelry, beautiful things....

Jules Verne Times Two

The more we travel the bigger the world gets

Grief: One Woman's Perspective

Perceptions on life after the death of a child

I say this with love

Writing in relentless pursuit of truth

Something Like a Storybook

from Morgan Bradham


You've reached the Creative Space of Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse. Welcome and join the conversation; I blog the writing life and more. If you need to contact me directly (or sign up for my newsletter), email jhohadli (at) But check the site menu first as my bio, book info, services breakdown, portfolio, booking info, or whatever else you need may be just a click away; contact directly to find out about placing ads or sponsored posts. Site content is the © of Joanne C. Hillhouse. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without my clear permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. If you're looking for my other blog, go to

The Empire of Carane

Where fiction comes to life


A home for legit sites and recommendations