Goodbye, TV. Hello, Netflix!

About a year ago The Preacher and I decided that it would be in the best interest of our family to give up TV. Not the "put your television on the street" kind of give up, but the "tell the cable guy to shuck it" kind. We were trying to be good stewards of both time and money and felt foregoing TV would be a wise decision....more

Let me encourage you . . . keep it up! Occasionally (since we gave up television) we still ...more

Book Giveaway - The Help

In honor of my excitement over my new book club, I am giving away my hardcover copy, in excellent condition, of our February book – The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  We all liked the book; some of us loved it.  One thing is for sure – it generated a fascinating d...more

What I Learned About Writing from Bestselling Mystery Writer Dick Francis

When I was in college trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I dabbled in writing.  I wanted to be a writer, but I was afraid to be a writer.  Afraid to make mistakes, afraid to show my work, afraid to put anything down on paper that might expose too much of who I was. Then I read the mystery novel Reflex, by Dick Francis. ...more

I think you just sold a book for Francis. I'll add him to my bookshelf.


The 2009 Cybil Award Winners

For many people February 14 is just Valentine's Day. For book bloggers it's something else altogether -- it's the day the Cybils winners are announced! What are the Cybils? They just happen to be one of the best book awards out there. ...more

Wow I never knew about this. thanksmore

Dreamhouse Kings

I must confess that I've slacked off on everything I'm supposed to be blogging about. I haven't been cooking much (although I did make my own spaghetti sauce for the first time the other day), and I haven't been reading at all. ...more

How Do You Handle an Advanced Reader?

So, what do you do with an advanced reader?My oldest is eight, and I recently realized that he reads at about a high school level. While I'm delighted on one level, I'm realizing that this creates a new problem. How much should I monitor his reading?...more

I have struggled with this same problem ever since my 9 year old was 5.  By the middle ...more

Who is Your Literary Crush?

You can't stop thinking about them. You know how they talk and how they walk. You can even read their thoughts. It's L-O-V-E. There's just one teeny, tiny problem. They aren't real. You are crushing on a literary character. ...more

Obviously Mr. Darcy,

But I have the hardest time crushing on the literary characters ...more

A Chicken Soup Tribute to J.D. Salinger

Today’s post was was going to be about chicken soup. I had it all planned. I was going to show you a graph from the Centers for Disease Control illustrating the way the flu season peaks in the month of February. I had collected entertaining anecdotes about Jewish penicillin and a charming photograph of someone’s grandmother ladling it up from a steaming soup kettle....more

Guilty Pleasures

 A note from a girl who just can't get enough! ...more

Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more