Book Reviews, On Writing, Personal updates

My Favorite 25 Books of the Year

As I looked over my Goodreads list for the past year, I realized that I have read a LOT of books (over a hundred... and that’s only the ones I recorded).  I’ve enjoyed many wonderful stories from different genres, though I tend to read mostly Young Adult.  Some books didn’t make it on the Goodreads… Continue reading My Favorite 25 Books of the Year

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Saving Mr. Banks

Last night we saw the movie Saving Mr. Banks.  This well written and superbly acted movie was deeply moving, and oh, so poignant.  It tells the story of how after twenty years of pleading, and after he and his staff despaired of being able to work with this complex, crusty, immovable Australian woman, Walt Disney… Continue reading Saving Mr. Banks

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Holiday Memories

I've gone a few days without posting.  I've been busy with shopping and sending out Christmas cards/letters, not to mention shoveling mountains of snow from the latest snowstorm.  But the best thing has been having my kids come home.  It has been so wonderful to see the girls make a gingerbread house together, the boys… Continue reading Holiday Memories

Book Reviews

Sucks To Be Me

If you're looking for a fun YA book, try Sucks To Be Me, by Kimberly Pauley.  This is the story of Mina Hamilton, whose vampire parents have been hiding her existence from the vampire authorities.  But when they find out about Mina, they fine her parents and force her to take a class so that… Continue reading Sucks To Be Me

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A Girl Named Digit

"On the morning of my kidnapping, my mom's makeup was perfect."  So begins the hilarious story of math genius Farrah Higgins, who is a senior in high school and more than anything wants to blend in with the crowd. "Digit" hides her abilities and slides through high school life pretending to be just like everyone… Continue reading A Girl Named Digit

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The Best Gift

In my work as a reading tutor at the elementary school, one thing becomes very clear:  children who are read to at home become good readers.  The wonderful world of books is opened to them, their eyes are wide, and they are eager to learn what is within the pages.  Children who are not read… Continue reading The Best Gift

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Let It Snow

On several of my fall field trips out at the GSL Shorelands Preserve, we saw Woollybear Caterpillars with wide red-orange stripes around their bodies.  This is supposed to mean that there will be a long, cold winter.  Well, those caterpillars may know something:  this past weekend we were hit with a huge snowstorm.  I was… Continue reading Let It Snow

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It’s Snowing!

It's definitely a winter wonderland out there.  It's been snowing all day, with 5 to 10 inches expected where we live.  It's also very cold.  Do I really want to see what is in my mailbox today?  Hmmm.  I am glad I don't have to go anywhere!  Meanwhile, I am wrapping presents, getting cards ready… Continue reading It’s Snowing!

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Heartland

It's so cold out there!  I wish I could stay inside by the fire with some hot chocolate and a good book.  If you are looking for something to read, try Heartland, by Davis Bunn. Cowboy JayJay Parsons has no idea is going on.  One moment he is on a bus heading to California, and… Continue reading Heartland

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The Magic of Christmas

Recently, someone asked, ‘What do Santa and reindeer have to do with the birth of Christ?”  Well, maybe on the surface, not much.  But let me explain.  The whole Santa thing may be just a game we play with our children, but it’s a fun game, and what it represents is related very strongly to… Continue reading The Magic of Christmas