Brutal and Murderous

When we got into bed last night, I looked over to find Todd reading Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. I smiled and said, “What are you doing?” It seems that the other night, Rollie decided to read Fantastic Mr. Fox. We are very proud of him, as he still likes to be read to by […]

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Christmas 2009 Recap

So, here’s what we’ve been up to. . . We spent Christmas Eve at Leelee’s house. There was much cuteness of children and stuffing of our faces, and dogs running around, and Cecil drinking scotch. Todd and I brought the kids home afterwards and tucked them in, then readied for Santa Claus. Luckily, this year […]

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Nano Nano

Well, I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I did it last year, too. While training for a half-marathon. So, you would think that this year would be easier, since I am benched (AGAIN) due to the Halloween Ankle Twisting episode of 2009. (Just thinking ahead. Let’s be honest. It will probably be an […]

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Dead Men I Crush On

I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Lord Byron. (I think this is pretty normal for literature lovers, male AND female,) and so I really enjoyed this short NPR piece on his letters to a friend in the clergy. Who wouldn’t be drawn like moth to a flame to a man whom a […]

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Pussy Parenting

This is a great read from The New Yorker. Too many experts instruct adults to act like a piano whose soft pedal is permanently pressed down. It’s possible to find something sinister in the effort to hide half your emotional spectrum from your children. Sometimes it might be a good thing for a kid to […]

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Book Review: My Antonia

Although I admired scholarship so much in Cleric, I was not deceived about myself; I knew that I should never be a scholar. I could never lose myself for long among impersonal things. Mental excitement was apt to send me with a rush back to my own naked land and the figures scattered upon it. […]

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Petulant, Bored Little Girl

The scene: Todd and I working on our computers in the family room. Rollie is sick and is sleeping upstairs for the afternoon. Tiller wanders around the den, obviously bored, shuffling her feet, sighing a lot. She sits next to the sleeping dog, Quint. He growls at her. She crawls over to Simon the cat, […]

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Give the Kids Indie Cred!

Very, very, very rarely, parenthood and cool coincide. When I say “rare,” I mean, endangered species rare. But the folks at Paste hit the nail on the head with this one. I am so buying a copy and playing the playlist for the kiddos.

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Required Reading List

So, a friend asked what I was reading lately, and i couldn’t really think of anything that blew me away. So, what are you reading right now? What have you read lately that blew you away?

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