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
We're talking with accomplished poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, David Budbill. Check out Part I of this interview for a discussion on David's poetic beginnings, as well as to hear about how his life experiences influenced his writing. And now, Part II... ********** Amanda: Let's talk about your upcoming collection, HAPPY LIFE. The title, at least, sounds like this is a work of positive… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II
I'm currently off on a dangerous and secret mission involving time travel, espionage, and peace-talks with dental hygienists. Please enjoy this post from the archives during my absence. I love my husband. I do. BUT... There is something about him I desperately want to change -- his reading habits. Not only (in my opinion) does he not read enough,… Continue reading Are You in a Toxic (Reading) Relationship?
During a recent visit, my mother-in-law sat at the kitchen table admiring my six-year-old son's artwork. "Oh, it's so beau-ti-ful," she said. Then, turning my way, "He's really an artist!" I smiled, and gave my standard reply, "Thanks, but you know he didn't get it from me." Because, seriously, I can't draw. I also can't paint, sew,… Continue reading Would You Call Yourself An Artist?
There's constant discussion flying around regarding the end of the printed book era. Electronic books, we've been told, are beginning their coup to take over the world the market. Brick and mortar book sellers are sinking fast, and pushing their own technology by placing overly-friendly (hypnotized?) e-book-lovers right up front as you walk inside. The demise of the printed page is… Continue reading On the Death of the Bookmark
Your nightstand is overflowing, your Reader's Journal is full, your library books are overdue, and you have scribblings of book recommendations everywhere you look. It's a reading list explosion. Even worse, the list of books you want to read keeps growing and growing at the same rate that your reading time is shrinking and shrinking. You… Continue reading Getting Your Reading List Under Control (or, Culling the Cullens)