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Hanging Out Between the Pages

Hanging Out Between the Pages
Have you ever wished you could jump into a book? Wrap yourself between the pages and cozy up to one of the characters? As part of my blogging community’s monthly freeform writing exercise, we were asked tonight, “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do... Read more »

Love Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Love Means Growing Up: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Want a five word review? It’s a great beach read. Jill Santopolo’s “The Light We Lost” is an easy-to-get-lost-in read, meant to pull at your heartstrings and have you comparing it to “Me Before You.” The book’s protagonist and sole narrator, Lucy Carter, begins the story as a college student in New York City and... Read more »

What is Joy and How Can I Get Some: Truth Telling from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

What is Joy and How Can I Get Some: Truth Telling from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
If there was ever a time in the collective American (shoot, global) culture we could all use a lesson on joy, now just may well be it. Of course, if I’ve learned anything from reading the Book of Joy, this is all about perspective. So, if I think about it, there are far worse stretches... Read more »
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Enough with the mumbling: 4 things I learned about premature hearing loss

Enough with the mumbling: 4 things I learned about premature hearing loss
So, I got some hearing aids today. Not a sentence I thought I’d type in at least another 10 years, if ever. I’m not sure what finally drove me to make the appointment with the ENT. Maybe I finally had enough of uttering, “Say that again?” repeatedly at work, or of telling my kids that... Read more »

This is the good that libraries do

This is the good that libraries do
If any one person could use a trip to the library, that person would be President Dunderhead. Of course. (Psst, Donald. There are entire sections dedicated to historical perspective on the Civil War.) But enough about him. I’m focusing on a bit of good news today. There’s not much our Congress has done right lately.... Read more »

Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World

Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World
When it comes to parenting, is there such a thing as “perfect?” Ever? Of course not — but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best, for better or worse. And in Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” Dr. Preston Grind sets out to right as many wrongs he can’t possibly right when he creates The... Read more »
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Book Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Book Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Have you ever felt like ditching everyone? Everything? Just getting on a train or a plane and leaving every professional and familial responsibility behind? Who hasn’t? I have. I live less than a 10-minute walk from a train station that can take me to other places that can take me about anywhere I’d want to... Read more »

Trump won. I adopted a dog.

Trump won. I adopted a dog.
Sometimes, life is all about those hard turns. I am, by nature, a little impulsive. (Cue my husband, cheering wildly, “She admits it! SHE ADMITS IT!”) Yeah, whatever, pfft. One of those impulsive moves was to agree to marry him when I was still a baby. You’re welcome. So, when blindsided by Trump’s win almost... Read more »

Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now

Fall 2016 Book List: What to Read Now
Boo hoo. Beach book season is over. Woo hoo! Soccer/swim/football/hockey practice book season has begun. You might not be packing a beach bag anymore, but school’s in session. If you’re a parent, that could mean dropping off your well-intentioned and much-loved time suck at college. Free time! Or, maybe you’ve got a sporto and the... Read more »
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Book Review: Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock

Book Review: Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock
Did you ever read a story in which a character does something particularly heinous, and while a part of you can justify it, you can’t quite come to terms with it? Meet Oliver Culvert, husband to Alice, father to baby Doe and suddenly overwhelmed with responsibility–he’s working as a tech entrepreneur with a product release... Read more »