Monthly Archives: May 2014

strength and honor (a review of the little boy in the tree by roland russoli). 0

I do not know very much about the military or about military service. Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day have always just been days off from school. That’s why I thought Memorial Day weekend would be a good time to read my friend Roland Russoli’s book about the years in his life after his son Andrew, […]

moral monday 2.0 0

I went to Moral Monday this week. There were lots of television cameras, and the reporters kept asking the participants why they were there. I studiously avoided them all because the idea of me breaking into tears while trying to explain that I want a better world for my son was beyond embarrassing. But I […]

dad is fat by jim gaffigan (guest review by mike). 3

When I requested Dad is Fat, I had some vague plan to read it on the sly where Mike wouldn’t see me. And then I could give it to him for Father’s Day! This plan was brilliant except for one thing: Mike always gets the mail. And, let’s be honest here, he loves to open […]

what I have been reading (it’s been a while edition). 3

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor (purchased) I’m only mentioning this here because it was so good that I want everybody to know how good it was. Five stars! Go read it! I can’t summarize it but there were beautiful thoughtful things on every page! Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois (via the […]

on motherhood. 0

Yesterday I spent a good chunk of time weeding a bed in front of our house and placing bricks around the edge. Then we had a giant thunderstorm and it flooded. After the skies cleared, Atticus in all his wisdom decided to move all my carefully placed bricks into the mud and throw some of […]

library secrets: the bottom shelf. 0

I had to gather some books for a teacher this morning. I enjoy that sort of thing because I get the opportunity to see the collection in a different way. Oh, I didn’t realize that book had information on that topic, good to know. But here’s what I don’t enjoy: the books that I need […]

two awkward conversations I had at the polling place. 2

(AKA why I can’t go places.) This one was my fault for stirring up trouble. POLL WORKER: Remember, in 2016 you will need your ID to vote. KARI: And how do you feel about that? POLL WORKER: I’m not allowed to say. I can’t talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about it. But […]

library secrets: secret page twenty-nine 0

I am lucky to have had great people to teach me the tricks of the library trade. There are a lot of little things that librarians have to do that nobody else knows about, things that keep stuff running behind the scenes. Some of those things are more important than others – the state report […]

library secrets: let it go. 2

This year, I have been diligently weeding (library word for discarding old or worn out items) the library’s collection because we have a bunch of really old books and equipment that I have to dig through when I want to, you know, do my job. There are all different kinds of librarians–I know this might […]