Monthly Archives: February 2009

As if my opinions matter to anyone but me. 4

I kind of love the Oscars. Over the summer, I think I saw two movies: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and The Dark Knight. They were both okay. This time of year, though, I get to see many fantastic movies that I enjoy. I love Oscar bait – the lush cinematography, the sad […]

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez 5

As a middle school librarian at a diverse school, I spend a lot of time looking for age-appropriate books that feature diverse characters. Some of our Hispanic girls have asked for more books like Esperanza Rising or Cuba 15 (which is really delightful, and if you haven’t read it, I recommend it), and I have […]

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 0

I finished Coraline by Neil Gaiman today and it is deliciously imaginatively scary in that way that children’s books can be: just scary enough that I had to keep from dwelling on some of the grotesque imagery, but not enough to terrify most kids. Coraline is kind of ignored by her parents most of the […]

Work it harder make it better do it faster makes us stronger. 3

After months and months of lackluster running, I have suddenly turned a corner. Out of the blue, my endurance has improved and I have been able to run for longer around the neighborhood. I blame Jillian, that evil woman. I am about to say something incredibly stupid: Who would have thought that, you know, working […]

Fajitas and Mickey Rourke. 6

I make a lot of noise about how Valentine’s Day was invented by the card companies. And I really do believe that, to a certain extent. But I want to clarify: I am not against celebrating love. I just hate the pressure of Valentine’s Day, the way that we have come to think that it’s […]

The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. 10

Back in December, my carpool friend and I talked about how long it was going to be between January and spring break, especially since Easter is so late this year. How would we make it through February and March, we wondered? What would we look forward to? Perhaps we should have a random party to […]

It’s as if Oscar knows me or something. 4

(This is apparently from Follow That Bird. Which I have only really seen once, but I don’t remember this. Grouches unite!) Okay, to temper the grouchiness, I will tell you a story of something that happened today. I was teaching a lesson on plagiarism and used Michael Bolton as an example, because he had to […]

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas (and a few other random notes) 0

Saturday afternoon, I worked on a paper that is due on Tuesday. In the middle of the night, I woke up and realized what the one thing is that the paper needs, that one paragraph that ties it all together. It was so obvious. Of course, on Sunday morning when I woke up, I couldn’t […]

But at least I got to see Stephen Curry. 6

I don’t know if you have heard, but Davidson is kind of a big deal these days. Well, they are still in the Southern Conference with the rest of us peons, but they have this player? Maybe you have heard of him? Stephen Curry? Yeah, I thought so. So, here’s a confession. While I went […]

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin 10

“To be mad is to feel with excruciating intensity the sadness and joy of a time which has not arrived or has already been. And to protect their delicate vision of that other time, madmen will justify their condition with touching loyalty, and surround it with a thousand distractive schemes. These schemes, in turn, drive […]

It has been remade. 17

I have a tendency to define myself in terms of what I do not have rather than seeing the many blessings I have been given. This is, of course, ridiculous, but every time I try to step away from it, I realize that it is one of the core definitions of who I am. And […]

Good things for January. 8

Okay, I’m on Brandi’s bandwagon, and I have decided to write down good things for each day. If there’s something that was good enough to write down, there’s probably a decent story, so if you want to know about something, just ask and I will be glad to explain (most of the time). 1. Went […]

Best of Show. 10

It’s that time again! Super Bowl Sunday means only one thing in our house (because our football team decided not to show up for the playoffs): The Male Bakeoff! If you have not read about the Male Bakeoff before, I invite you to read about the first time Mike entered, that time he made the […]