Books, For Readers

You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers

There are so many reasons why I love going to the library: the books, the all-knowing librarians, the books, the atmosphere. The books.  And, now that my kids are all in school, I can actually go to the library by myself and spend more than the usual fifteen seconds looking around. Even better, though, I… Continue reading You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Book Covers

Books, For Readers

The Short Story — In Search of a Cure for Reader Burn-Out

[picapp align="center" wrap="false" link="term=person+happy+reading+a+book&iid=5156925" src="http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5156925/portrait-young-woman/portrait-young-woman.jpg?size=500&imageId=5156925" width="349" height="488" /] During my big-haired days of high school, I came to dread that point in English Lit. where we would inevitably begin the "Short-Story Unit."  After years of reading novels with happy, or, at least, tidy endings, the short story was like an alien to me and many of my classmates.… Continue reading The Short Story — In Search of a Cure for Reader Burn-Out

Writing

Let This Be the Red-Hot Poker That Prods You to Submit

Before you flee in X-rated uncertainty (or, maybe that's why some of you cheekier-ones are here?), let me clarify that the submission I speak of is rated "G" for writer-ly audiences.  Yes, I'm talking to you, writers, whether you are aspiring, professional, or just have that one story that's been burning a hole in your… Continue reading Let This Be the Red-Hot Poker That Prods You to Submit

Books, For Readers

Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Yes, my readers, it's Literary Smackdown time. In this corner, we have Laura Ingalls Wilder of the Little House series -- a sassy pioneer with spunk and spirit who can sew on a button before you've (done) finished this sentence. In the other corner, we have Anne Shirley Blythe of Anne of Green Gables --… Continue reading Friday’s Literary SMACKDOWN — Who’s the Stronger Character?

Books, For Readers

Magic Underwear (Part II), and Aren’t Book Clubs Fabulous?

There's a notion in theater that you shouldn't display a gun in Act I if you're not going to shoot yourself in the a$$ in the Final Act (or something like that).  Following that mindset, I don't want to create a Part I without making good on its other half, so here goes...   My book club met and discussed this month's selection, The New York Regional Mormon… Continue reading Magic Underwear (Part II), and Aren’t Book Clubs Fabulous?

Books, For Readers

That “Other Stuff” We Learn from Books…

  Recently, my four kids and I were on a forty-five minute jaunt up to my sister's place for a visit. It had been a peaceful trip -- no arguing about what music to play, no incessant poking, no -- I'm not whining!  You just did.  No, I didn't, and so on.  It was one of those moments where I was perfectly happy… Continue reading That “Other Stuff” We Learn from Books…