Category Archives: Miscellaneous Musings

Aristotle in my lunchbox

I’ve been slipping notes into my daughter’s lunchbox from almost her first day of preschool. I keep it as simple as possible — using a note from the Lunchbox Love series of notes or today’s cartoon from my 2016 Peanuts a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

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a random act of poetry, courtesy of e.e. cummings

Lately, my eight-year-old daughter and I have been playing a game on our walks to school. How many different sorts of flowers are blooming right now? Today, we counted 22. Over the weekend, it was only 19. Who knows, maybe tomorrow we’ll … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Every year, Chicago dyes its river green in conjunction with its St. Patrick’s Day parade. The tradition dates back to 1962, when Mayor Richard J. Daley and his childhood buddy Stephen M. Bailey decided it would be a bit of … Continue reading

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Help Penguin Random House #GiveaBook to a child in need this holiday season

This holiday season, Penguin Random House wants to use social media to spread the joy of reading to children in need throughout the U.S.  Every time someone posts or tweets a message containing the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook or Twitter … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Seven-Year-Old drops a hint

Or, what I found on my desk when I sat down to write this morning. Guess she’s tired of waiting. I don’t normally do posts like this, but I haven’t been around for a while. Here’s what I’ve been doing … Continue reading

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Rebuilding my attention span with the 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Sometime around Christmas, I realized that I was spending a lot of time noodling around on my iPhone, and not very much time browsing my bookshelves. This might be fine, because as Michael says, there must be some sort of … Continue reading

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Hoarding — I mean — Preserving your ebook library

I have a love/hate relationship with ebooks. My husband reads them almost exclusively on his iPhone. He loves it because it frees him to use pockets of the day to read that were just lost time before. I’m less enthralled. … Continue reading

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More dialogue I’d like to work into a book someday

Wife, yelling down the stairs: “Honey, what are you doing?” Husband, calmly: “Just exfoliating the cat, dear.” Related Links: Scraps of dialogue that distract me while driving (BostonWriters)

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