Books, Writing

The Reader’s Heart — It Wants Too Much

The weather is finally starting to warm up (sort of), and I've already been blinded by my first deathly pale, well-fed belly of the season (sadly, true). These two indicators, along with the increased unruliness of school-aged children everywhere, all mean one thing: The final movie of the Harry Potter franchise will soon be in theaters! Oh, and it's also almost summer.… Continue reading The Reader’s Heart — It Wants Too Much

Books

When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

  I had been standing in lucky check-out line #7 at the grocery store for about ten minutes. (Yes, I always choose wrong.)  They were having technical issues with the register, so three strapping, young male clerks battled in heated discussion over the possible fix. When talk turned from technology to techno music (ugh), a grandmotherly manager -- with a hair switch that could keep dozens warm at… Continue reading When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

Writing

Writing Therapy, and How Harry Potter Drove Me to It

  The official countdown started a few weeks ago. We were exactly 507 hours, two minutes, and thirty-three seconds away from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I coming to "theaters everywhere" when the true mania set in. Our household reads the books.  Watches the movies.  Wears the costumes.  Walks around quoting the advice of the late, great Albus Dumbledore in earnest.  And, we… Continue reading Writing Therapy, and How Harry Potter Drove Me to It