Friday

Hey guys.  That GRE post was heavy.  True and important to share, but heavy.  So, for the sake of balance, and because I’m giddy with coffee and because it’s Friday, let’s talk about what’s been making us laugh this week. Here’s my list: I don’t love cats, but even I wouldn’t wish the “mildew and […]

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Friday Favorites

This week I hosted my second of three Spring visiting parties, my friend Mara.  Our moms have taught at the same school for over 30 years, so it’s safe to say that we’ve known each other since birth.  Or since her birth, at which point I was a chubby eight-month-old. Highlights of her visit included: […]

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100 Book Challenge Update

So, Holly, it’s been six months since you declared that you would read 100 books in a year.  How’s that going? Good, Janice (can I call you Janice?).  I’ve read 44 books so far, which means I’m a little bit behind, but I’m confident that I can catch up by April. Also, my goodness, that is […]

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2013 in Retrospect

I’m a little late with this because we didn’t have our Wifi installed in the new apartment until yesterday evening.  Now, tentatively settled in with a bed, a table for a desk, and two suitcases for a dresser, I’m ready to officially let go of 2013: January: A freak broomball accident leaves me with an […]

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What Books Say

  Late at night, when I’m the last human awake, and even Ruby is shut down save one ear perked in my direction, I become strangely energized.  Perhaps I absorb what others aren’t using. This energy tends to manifest itself in rifling.  You know, rifling.  Digging through piles and bins and closets, not unlike my […]

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Sunday Times

9:00 a.m. Wake up.  Consider getting out of bed.  Reconsider.  Roll over and promptly fall back asleep. 11:00 a.m.  Wake up.  Consider rolling over and falling back asleep once again, but smell pancakes.  Get out of bed. 11:20 a.m. Mom makes pancakes.  Plain for dad and I (because we’re classic like that), and pumpkin cinnamon […]

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Poetry for Saturday

The first memory I have of Sylvia Plath is from Introduction to Literature.  It was spring of my freshman year of college, and I was still learning how to talk about what I had read.  Poetry I found (and still find) particularly challenging, and thus, intimidating.  I sat next to Jessie, a kind sophomore who […]

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Friday Favorites 6

This town: There is a town in Maryland named Chevy Chase. Not after this man, although that’s what I thought at first. This Chevy Chase’s real name is Cornelius.  According to Wikipedia (only the most reliable sources for you, dear reader), “Chase was named for his adoptive grandfather Cornelius, while the nickname Chevy was bestowed […]

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English Majors Unite

I finished The White Forest tonight, tried simultaneously to go slowly and savor the words and to speed through to the ending.  And then I sat for a few minutes and missed the concept of English classes.  Of walking daily into an hour and twenty minutes of literary discussion.  I want a professor to deliver […]

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