Book Reviews

Saint Anything

Book review:  Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen. Sydney has always been the quiet one in the family, while her older brother, Peyton, gets all the attention from their parents. His behavior becomes increasingly wild, and when a drunk driving spree results in an accident that leaves a boy in a wheel chair, Peyton ends up… Continue reading Saint Anything

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The Sixth Power

Last January I published my first novel, The Sixth Power.  A lot has happened in the past year.  I've learned a lot about publishing and marketing.  I've also learned a tremendous amount about the craft of writing.  Attending workshops, reading other people's blogs and books (and applying their ideas) and writing both my blog and… Continue reading The Sixth Power

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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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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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Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband for 32 years of adventure, love, and laughter. One of the most important things we've learned is to have a sense of humor. After our wedding in Alberta, Canada, we were driving down to Sam's parent's house in California, when we noticed smoke billowing out of the trunk. We… Continue reading Happy Anniversary

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Chore Time

Getting your children to do their chores is exhausting and time consuming. It would be so much easier to just do it yourself. But the idea is to teach them to work, so you persevere and ask them for the tenth time, “Are you done cleaning your room yet?” You create chore charts and stick… Continue reading Chore Time

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Wanted: Chick Flicks

On Friday night we went to see Red 2. My husband and sons loved it. It was a typical male action/comic book, shoot-em-up, blow-it-up, car chase movie. Yes, on one level it was funny. The violence was so over the top that it became impossible and ridiculous. But I came out feeling as if I’d… Continue reading Wanted: Chick Flicks

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On Perspective

Have you ever noticed that four people can see the same event and yet tell a different story about what really happened? My sisters and I all remember that when we were little, lightning came into the house. Dad had done a good job building the snug two-bedroom house, but he had neglected to install… Continue reading On Perspective

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Too Many Books? No Such Thing.

I started listing all the books I’ve read in the past six months, and I am surprised at how many there are. My husband teases me that the only people who call the house are salesmen, my sister, and the library informing me that my books are in. I have to sheepishly admit that I… Continue reading Too Many Books? No Such Thing.