Monthly Archives: August 2009

Back to the beginning. 1

“You Begin” by Margaret Atwood You begin this way: this is your hand, this is your eye, that is a fish, blue and flat on the paper, almost the shape of an eye. This is your mouth, this is an O or a moon, whichever you like. This is yellow. Outside the window is the […]

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 5

Do you remember watching The Wonder Years? I wasn’t always allowed to watch it – my dad didn’t like it when Kevin’s dad would curse too much. I haven’t seen every episode, though I think I know the general plot of the series. What I remember about watching it, though, was how it made me […]

Homemade gift #4 4

I had the hardest time with Lydia’s CD. I had a theme picked out, and it ended up not working at all. So I had to scrap the whole thing and send the other three CDs while I was still working on Lydia’s. But since she is such a reader, I decided to go with […]

When you don’t do anything. 5

I, I love you When you don’t When you don’t do anything When you’re useless I love you more When you don’t do anything When you don’t move, when you don’t try When you don’t say anything When you don’t move, when you don’t win When you don’t make anything look I, I love you […]

Here comes the sun(room). 6

I cannot emphasize this enough. When we moved into this house, not only was everything crazy, the sunroom was specifically crazy to the point of insanity. I don’t have any pictures. Because it was too painful to take pictures. But let me tell you about it. There was an ugly ugly exposed brick wall. There […]

Homemade gift #3 5

This one is for Bethany – I made a back-to-school playlist for her and her husband. He teaches choir. I’m sure you can guess what song I felt I MUST include (tune into Fox Wednesdays at 9 if you have no idea). I apologize for that, but I couldn’t help myself. Some of the songs […]

Homemade gift #2 6

My second homemade gift was for Kara, who, as far as I know, does not have a blog for me to link. Kara likes gardening, which intrigued me since all I ever do is kill plants. She also likes country music, so I tried to give it a bit of a country feel. This one […]

Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan 2

I have read several of David Levithan’s books: Boy Meets Boy, Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Of those three, I liked Nick and Norah the best, but you can tell from the review that I had some reservations about it. (I did enjoy the movie, if you were wondering.) […]

Breakfast nook. 3

In a feature I like to call, “Ask and ye shall receive,” Geof made me a little search box over there on the right. You have to scroll down under my categories and things. This will probably be the most useful for those of you who like my book posts. (All three of you.) Once […]

Homemade gift #1. 9

Way back in May, I said I would make some homemade gifts. But I don’t make things. So I ended up making mix CDs. I am pretty proud of them, so I am going to post the track lists for you to peruse. First up, April! April got a new sod backyard, so I created […]

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork 3

(How awesome would it be to have X as your middle initial? So awesome.) Let’s get one thing straight – it’s Mar-se-lo, not Mar-chel-o. Because I know you were wondering. Marcelo is a teenager with a form of Asperger’s syndrome. It is difficult for him to recognize and convey emotion, he often slips into speaking […]

Frozen sea within us. 6

‘Altogether,’ Kafka wrote in 1904 to his friend Oskar Pollak, ‘I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn’t shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? So that it can make us happy, as […]

Good things in July. 12

You know what I don’t like? Blog posts where people post about how they don’t have anything to say. I didn’t have anything to say, so I didn’t say it. But I’m back! I think. I also don’t like posts where people apologize for not posting. It’s okay not to post! I was busy. Doing […]