Here's a poem I felt like sharing with you today. It was written after some meditative time spent with a geode (shown in photo) that sits nearby on my bookshelf as I write. In real life it's quite small, only about two and a half inches in diameter, but I love the sparkling world that … Continue reading Geode – a poem
In one week, I'll start celebrating a month of Reading the Theatre -- a way for us all to get out of the house, in our imaginations at least. If you'd like to join in, here are some ways you could do so: Reading and posting about plays, from any time periodPosting about theatre productions … Continue reading Coming attractions: Reading the Theatre
Fear stalked me for a long time in language learning. When I started learning French as a teenager, I was extremely self-conscious, battered down by criticism of my appearance, and desperately afraid to speak in public. This was not conducive to practicing a new language, where mistakes are inevitable. I limited my utterances to the … Continue reading What am I afraid of?
After enjoying several Slightly Foxed publications with my teenage son, I asked if SF would like us to review something from their set of historical novels by Ronald Welch. The twelve Carey Family novels explore British history through the eyes of members of a single family, from the Crusades to the First World War. It's … Continue reading A brush with history: The Carey Novels
For Top Ten Tuesday, it's a "love freebie" so I'm naming ten book blogs I love (plus one for good luck). These are not my "top ten," because that would be too difficult to pin down, but they are definitely some of the blogs I read the most often and enjoy very much. What's one … Continue reading Ten Book Blogs I Love
January was a difficult month in many ways. The disintegration of the so-called United States reached a new peak with the attack on the Capitol. And terrible things (unrelated to politics) have been happening to people I love. There is so much uncertainty and disruption in the world, and so many questions about how to … Continue reading Month in Review: January 2021
This week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic is "Books published before I was born." But I decided to change it to "Books published the year I was born," because there are so many incredible ones! 1969 was quite a year, in many ways. Here are five books I have read, five more I'd like to read, … Continue reading Top Ten Books Published the Year I Was Born