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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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