On Not Seeing Doctors

When I was a kid, I liked going to the doctor. I didn’t like the tongue depressor (quick gag reflex and a near-phobia of vomiting) nor did I care for shots (for my booster shot at age five, four grown men had to hold me down so the nurse could give me one shot), but […]

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Nightfall: A Gingerbread Update

Oh, dear! The gingerbread house is under attack!

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Darn you, short winter days! We are at the mercy of the gingerbread vampires!

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Better Left Unsaid

There are certain things that it’s okay to think but that we should never say out loud in front of our kids unless we’ve already decided on a course of action. Like if we’re thinking about possibly adding another baby to the family or about maybe taking a family trip to Disneyland. We shouldn’t say […]

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The Romance of Thirty-Eight

My third-grade teacher, Miss Kowalik, let me stay inside at recess and sort mimeographs and read instead of facing the chaos of the playground. She introduced me to creative writing and taught me how to lose and find myself by filling a white page with words. Every morning I looked forward to seeing her smiling eyes and salt-and-pepper bobbed hair. As a child […]

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Next of Kin by Roger Fouts

Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me about Who We Are by Roger Fouts My rating: 5 of 5 stars Holy moly. This book is awesome. I can’t remember how we found this book. I think some website (maybe Goodreads) recommended it because my nine-year-old was reading every single thing Jane Goodall wrote. My […]

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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

ë Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a short, fun read, which was quite a treat after some of the more sloggy stuff I’ve read in the recent past. There were certainly some sections where it was quite obvious the novel was written by someone quite young (the […]

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