Yes Indeed: Thanks, Obama

Yes Indeed: Thanks, Obama
I wish I could say David Litt’s “Thanks, Obama” is the perfect cure for a Trump hangover. It’s not. But it was certainly refreshing to read his memoir, if only for a chance to return to more hopeful times. And in all fairness, there’s nothing that cures a Trump hangover, at least until Election Day... Read more »

Ears Not Required: Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Ears Not Required: Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
It’s almost Halloween — let me see if I can scare you. Imagine you’re on a wooded trail. It’s pitch black outside. It’s freezing. There’s half a foot of snow on the ground. And there’s a guy that wants to kill you chasing after you. Oh, and he’s immobilized your service dog. Did I forget... Read more »

Funny is Between the Pages

Where do you find your funny? This month, my blogging community is exploring the concept of humor. What is your sense of humor? What do you think is funny? Has it evolved over time? Devolved? Are you a Billy Madison or a 50 First Dates? I have to admit, I’m having a hard time pinning... Read more »
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Middle School is Just So Messy: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Middle School is Just So Messy: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
Do you remember the first time you let a friend talk you into a bad idea? It’s an adolescent rite of passage – making the wrong choice. For some, it’s a momentary thrill, followed by waves of panic that you’ll get caught, and then bathing in the guilt that’s left behind when the day is... Read more »

Family drama FTW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Family drama FTW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Hey, HBO: I found your next miniseries. If only. I need to see Daryl Gregory’s “Spoonbenders” come to life. A movie, a miniseries, I don’t care. I need the Telemachus family back in my world for a while. I feel like I am going through withdrawals. It’s that good. Any follower of mine knows I... Read more »

You Think You Know Somebody: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

You Think You Know Somebody: Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
When you don’t really know who you are, is it that much easier to become someone new? Rachel Childs has spent nearly four decades in that transient state of an ill-defined identity. First, as a young child of a single mother that is intent on keeping it that way. Then, as a young adult searching... Read more »
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2017 Banned Books Week: Don't Be Like Donald

2017 Banned Books Week: Don't Be Like Donald
It’s Banned Books Week! The time of year which all free thinkers can celebrate the diversity of opinion put to paper, the differences that make the world we live in worth exploring, the variety that makes the human collective the incredible species it is. Of course, I think books should be celebrated every day. But... Read more »

Mrs. Fletcher: What Lurks in Your Shadows?

Mrs. Fletcher: What Lurks in Your Shadows?
Often times, when we are at a crossroads, we find it’s an opportunity to look back, to the sides and of course, forward. So when you look, what do you see? For Tom Perrotta’s fictional MILF, Eve Fletcher, the choices are many and none, all at once. “Mrs. Fletcher” is a story that marries the... Read more »

16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter

16 Lessons for my 16-year-old Daughter
My baby just turned 16. It seems impossible that day has come and gone. After all, it was just yesterday she was toddling into her room, opening her dresser drawers and emptying them on to her bedroom floor. Repeatedly. I had posted a traditional “Happy Birthday” message to her on Facebook, complete with the requisite... Read more »
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Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale

Special Needs Parenting: Leaving the Nest and the Long Exhale
I didn’t think I could do this. But I had to believe he could. My oldest child, at almost 22, has left the building. On to college. But not in the way most people think when I say, “He’s off to Iowa this fall.” It isn’t for a degree. But it’s a huge step in... Read more »