Category Archives: Books/Movies/TV/etc.

The mystery of Griselda

Mabel’s been looking up information about the Flower Fairy illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker, and since my mom had just ordered a book about female illustrators, we went to look at it, and my mom ended up also pulling out … Continue reading

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Not chosen for their covers. And yet . . .

A couple of weeks ago I noticed these two books on our counter. Both of them were ones Dean had been reading: I I guess Dean’s on a gold-bird-and-silver-lettering kick.

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Treasure the moments that nearly kill you

There’s a wonderful article called “Don’t Carpe Diem” that’s been making its way rapidly around social networking sites, whose author beautifully articulates something that surely almost every mom has felt, which is, to put it less elegantly than she does, … Continue reading

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To Write or Not to Write; to Educate or Not to Educate; Puppy Dog Eyes as a Literary Device

As you know if you’ve spent any time here, mostly I use this blog to report on the doings of my hilarious children. But every once in a while I stand in the shower and think of long imaginary blog … Continue reading

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To the writers of kids’ fantasy books (and grownup fantasy books, too, come to think of it)

The thing is, if I’m reading a fantasy book, I expect fantastical things to happen, so even though your protagonist doesn’t expect fantastical things to happen, pretty soon the character’s going to have to come to terms with their new … Continue reading

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Three good books with unreliable narrators (A post that’s not about my kids? It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore!)

I was just clicking back and forth between facebook and twitter, but no one was really pouring any adulation on me, so it got a little boring. Then I remembered I’d considered writing a post about “My Summer Reading” and, … Continue reading

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Delicious deficiency

I keep telling myself I’m about to go to bed, but I’m in a musing mood and want to capture my musing in words (quickly, though). When you see (or read, or experience) a practically-perfect piece of art, does it … Continue reading

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