Monthly Archives: October 2009

Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg 6

I spot the hills With yellow balls in autumn. I light the prairie cornfields Orange and tawny gold clusters And I am called pumpkins. On the last of October When dusk is fallen Children join hands And circle round me Singing ghost songs And love to the harvest moon; I am a jack-o’-lantern With terrible […]

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper 1

When I was in graduate school, someone told me about Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. I made my way to the UNCG library to find it and devoured it. To be honest, I was not totally sold on the ending. But it still made a deep impression on me, and last year I bought […]

The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus 0

One boy is hit by a silver truck and loses his arm. A few weeks later, another boy is hit and killed by a truck. Is it the same one? Is someone targeting children in the community? Willie, James, and Reggie are determined to find out. However, this isn’t exactly a mystery (though the question […]

The city of right angles. 8

Since the wedding, I have been busy doing things like painting a penguin on a tile and doing yoga and reading wonderful books. Oh, and Mike and I went to New York for the weekend. It was like our own honeymoon. A honeymoon is the vacation you get for surviving a wedding, right? Well, there […]

In which you can read the actual text of my Best Girl speech as opposed to the speech I gave. 15

Do I need to write an obligatory wedding post? You can read what Brandi said to know how Thursday and Friday morning went. You can get Jeff’s perspective here. And Scott’s here. Andrea even talked about it a little bit here. There are pictures all over Facebook (and a few on Flickr). Do I need […]

Why couldn’t it be, “Follow the butterflies”? 3

It’s October, so of course it is much too early to turn on our heat. This is North Carolina, for crying out loud! We do not turn on our heat before November! And sometimes not even then! The problem is that this week has been freakishly cold for North Carolina in November. I had to […]

That you are here. 2

“O Me! O Life!” by Walt Whitman O Me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish; Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the […]

A movie recommendation. 0

You should know that I am a sucker for a good movie about a teenage girl finding herself. Especially if that girl is a little bit different and wants a little bit more out of her life than the small town she’s living in. Especially if that movie is based on a young adult novel. […]

Cut short. 3

Over the weekend, I was supposed to go to Asheville with some of my girlfriends from church. We had many fun activities planned, such as a hayride and some kind of humorous tour of Asheville. I was very excited about my weekend away. On Friday night, after we got there, we had an amazing dinner […]

The Maze Runner by James Dashner 2

Last year, one of the young men at my school who read The Hunger Games came up to me with a question (which I won’t put here, because it’s kind of spoilery). I couldn’t give him the answer, because it was also kind of spoilery, so we talked about it when he was done. When […]

For the end of Banned Books Week. 0

Today is the last day of Banned Books Week. I didn’t really do anything to celebrate this year. Except I have been listening to the Harry Potter series on my runs and walks around the neighborhood. Yay for access to books that other people disapprove of! Every year, I think, “Maybe next year I will […]

Good things in September. 4

Sept 1 – Watched Mike freak out while reading Catching Fire. Sept 2 – Went for a really good walk after church. Sept 3 – Went for a walk with Emily after class. Sept 4 – Planned a fun art/literature unit with the art teacher. Sept 5 – Cookout with our neighbors and John and […]

Hope does not disappoint us. 2

On Monday night, I had a class to attend, and in the middle of it, I could feel my blood sugar dropping. The assignments we were being given seemed too much. Not to mention that for my other class, my professor hadn’t yet put up the assignment that was due on Wednesday. I was running […]