The Cliffs of Insanity

I had high hopes for this month’s reading list. The Book Owls sent in their recommendations. I even bought one of the books new, which I rarely do, because I was excited (no spoilers, I’m reading it next month). I will...

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Reading American History: A lesson in intention

I began this month reading about the American frontier. I realize my selections were about intention. The whole regional approach, focusing on the Southwest, shattered when I realized I had assumed the book I bought on Native American art and...

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What a Teacher Wants: Reading Recommendations from a 2nd Grade Teacher

Teachers make fabulous friends, especially for a reader. A friend of mine teaches 2nd grade at a public school, though she started with 4th, then moved to 3rd, and has come to rest in 2nd grade. There she has all...

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A Passion for Green Things

Passion shapes our lives, especially when we pursue it. I would have minored in botany, if I’d had the chance. Plants, especially strong ecosystems of them in a friendly climate, fascinate me. The desert landscape (like the one I see every...

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Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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Nature, Reading, and Tax Season

March means a number of things. March includes the first day of spring. It “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. March was the chance for me to read a number of books I’d had on my...

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The Name of the Wind and strange couches

Coming back to reading fiction after nonfiction feels a bit like hitting Friday night and picking your favorite poison. Some people throw themselves into it, drown in a glorious oblivion, and suffer their hangover while counting down to Friday...

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Examining the Dinner Party

Food and Entertaining - January 2017 Face to face friendships and food go hand in hand, at least in my mind. Put them together and they produce one particularly daunting concept: Modern Entertaining. Is it actually an oxymoron? Surely we’re...

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Jaded Christmas – December 2016

"Jaded Christmas" sounds like a terrible theme. The first idea was to find books that described the big holidays in fall/winter for a variety of religions, cultures, and countries. That search got me nowhere fast. It did, though, send me...

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Reading Month by Month: Getting More From the Reading Year

This year I confronted this unfortunate truth: I (and many other avid readers) will never have all the time I need to read every book I want. Not only does that mean I won’t get to adventure in every...

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