Posts in category "mumbo jumbo"

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life

Throw that sh*t out: It's time to Kondo your life
The book had beckoned silently for weeks from the Target bestsellers book rack for weeks. “Buy me,” it said. “You know you want to. You know you need to clean up. I promise, once you read me, you won’t be able to stop tidying. You neeeeeeeed me.” So finally, I threw it in the cart.... Read more »

5 Books That Need a Sequel

5 Books That Need a Sequel
The literary world was set back on its heels today with the news that Harper Lee has a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” set for release this summer. By comparison, for anyone under 25 years old, it’s a lot like J.K. Rowling suggesting she isn’t done with Harry. As excited as I am to... Read more »

6 Questions with Scott McCloud

6 Questions with Scott McCloud
I called him the “Tom Petty of comic arts.” Comic arts guru Scott McCloud is well-known not just for his 1999 opus, Understanding Comics, but also for his fierce protection of the work of artists, so much so, he authored of the Creators’ Bill of Rights in 1988. When I had the chance to interview... Read more »
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On Writing: The Art of Perspective

I’m a writer. Well, I’m a lot of things—a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister … an accidental editor, a columnist, a blogger. I write to get paid and I write because I love. But if I sat down at my computer every time the spirit moved me, or hit “publish” every time I... Read more »

Friday Flogging: Free Raif Badawi

Friday Flogging: Free Raif Badawi
I’m a blogger. I write about books, and my kids, and the occasional social topic or two. You know what I am doing right now? Watching two very nice guys from Crate and Barrel set up my new dining room table. Raif Badawi is a blogger. He writes about the ideals of having an open... Read more »

Free Speech is Free Speech is Free Speech

It’s funny where your mind wanders on a snow day. Stuck working from home, the news comes easier (and is more distracting) than at the office. First, the horrifying news out of France about the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, leaving 12 people dead. Then, the ridiculously funny in Frederick News-Post’s editorial... Read more »
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5 Ways to Read More in 2015

5 Ways to Read More in 2015
Wish you had more time to read? There is a way. Besides quitting your job. You can resolve to read more this year. Here are 5 ways to make it happen. Easily. First, commit. Browse the bookstore and find three titles that get your attention. Go ahead and buy, download, or write them down and... Read more »

Winding Down, Looking Back: Summer Camp

Winding Down, Looking Back: Summer Camp
When the year winds down, where do you look back? Once a month, our blogging group stretches our collective creative muscle with a singular topic upon which to expound—in this case, a favorite childhood memory. Having just walked in the door from watching “Unbroken,” I’m hard pressed to think of anything cheery. (And of course,... Read more »

It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!

It's Like He Said: Show Your Work!
I don’t think I know a single writer that hasn’t been through a crisis of confidence at least once. Why do I write? No one is reading it anyway. Why does anyone care what I think? And Jeebus, the social media thing. I write because I am an introvert. I don’t want to “put myself... Read more »
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Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers
Tired of gifting your favorite book lover with a Barnes & Noble giftcard? Stationery? A pen? Here are several great suggestions for gifts for book lovers that’ll make you look like you went the extra mile this season. They’re even categorized by how important the giftee is. Because, you know, while a bookmark may cut... Read more »