Category Archives: Books

Liquid bread/solid beer

{Welcome to MultiMEDIA Splice #10, a link party. Join me by linking up a “bread”-themed post or a multimedia post on any topic.} “All life is fermentation.” — Richard Feynman, quoted in “The Science of Beer” by It’s Okay to Be … Continue reading

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Spinning Yarns

My favorite storytellers have a zest for life, and they weave their enthusiasm into the smallest of details. Even if they are griping about an annoyance, their wonder at life’s inanities comes through loud and clear. So whether they make … Continue reading

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Play Tennis

book Why are we here? (Rhetoric.) Is Prince Hamlet well? (Non sequitur.) Summoned from oblivion, entrapped in a play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play Questions, trading their tennis shots, sometimes slices, sometimes smashes. What does it all add up to? (That … Continue reading

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Ode to the Gargleblaster

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy From deep in the swamp of a months-long writer’s block, one little thing has kept me afloat, 42 words … Continue reading

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Reading the Classics

“We read to know we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx They say you can find yourself … Continue reading

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Timid No More eBook Trailer

Timid No More eBook Trailer: (Video link) Timid No More: How I Broke Out of My Comfort Zone by Doing 101 Things and How You Can Break Out of Yours In the ebook Timid No More, I share my favorite … Continue reading

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Driving in the Car with Anna Karenina

Trying to call up an old memory is like checking my wrist for the time and realizing I haven’t worn a watch in years. I stare blankly, trying to remember what I was looking for, but it’s not there anymore. … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad

{Celebrate your courage. Send me a postcard.} My teenage boys are poised between childhood and adulthood, and the new year prepares to arrive. I find myself reflecting on letting go of the past and embracing the future. Nothing brought this … Continue reading

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A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present

{Check out my book on my quest to complete 101 things in 1001 days: Timid No More.} My teenage boys puzzled through with determination, trying to find their Christmas present, but I had unwittingly made one of the riddles extra … Continue reading

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Begrudgingly Intrigued Teenagers and J. Alfred Prufrock

I chose “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot to memorize because it takes me back to my first year of teaching. A room of sweaty teenagers in dress shirts and ties, blouses and skirts, waited, pens poised, for me … Continue reading

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