Books for when Middle School gets Complicated

Books for when Middle School gets complicated

Ernest Hemingway once said, that there is no friend as loyal as a book, and I don’t think there is a stage of life where that is more true than the middle school years. When those middle school friendships get complicated, it’s nice for our girls to know they […]

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The Best Part of Feeling Lousy

Feeling Lousy

The best part of feeling lousy for about three straight weeks is that I got to lie around and read a lot. The bad part of feeling lousy for about three straight weeks is that I still had to show up for a lot of stuff I didn’t […]

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The Perfect Christmas Morning…for Me

Christmas Morning

My Santa Baby has it easy. No sables, yachts, or rings for me – just a good book is all I need to keep me an angel all year. On Christmas morning after we have opened gifts and had our traditional French Toast Casserole for breakfast, instead of sighing at […]

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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye

  How did I make it forty-seven years without reading Raymond Chandler?  I asked myself that question about two chapters into The Long Goodbye.  I had read a string of non-fiction books recently (although one of them read like a novel) when I remembered that The Wall Street […]

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Deep Work

Deep Work

“What exactly did you do all day?”  That is among a handful of questions that I have asked once, and only once, during the course of my marriage.  The occasion was my return home from work one day in 1995 to my beautiful wife, darling baby, and charming […]

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Fear and Loathing in Chicago

Quick – name something that happened in 1893. That’s what I thought.  (You in the back with your hand up – nobody likes a know-it-all.) You’re not alone.  I’m not aware of many people who could name many events that took place between the end of Reconstruction in […]

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The Book that Changed My Life

The book that changed my life.

This post is courtesy of my husband Jon, who is a husband, father, and reader extraordinaire.  Links are Amazon affiliate links “Please don’t lose your sense of humor.” That plea came from one of my favorite teachers on the eve of my high school graduation in 1986. She […]

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A Family Christmas

Before the decorations come out, the cookies get baked, or the presents get wrapped, I get the Christmas books down.  These books get me through the Christmas holidays, and I need them at Christmas time as much as I need church, decorations, cookies, carols, or presents. “Get me […]

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Book Spotlight

I can’t think of a better inspiration for doing the holiday season with aplomb than blogger Jennifer L Scott’s newest book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance.  This is the third in her series of Madame Chic inspired books, and I think it might […]

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