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April Titles

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April was a great month of reading.  I think I read most of my favorite books of the year this month!  We started busy – closing weekend of the hobnob theatre co. spring show (“Art” directed by our friend Casey) and the beginning of outdoor soccer.  We are doing soccer 6 days out of the week – whether it’s practice or games.  We’re busy!  But it’s the kind of busy that doesn’t feel busy.  It’s an enjoyable busy. And I had time to read a lot!  Seriously…these are some of my…read more

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March Titles

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I’m half a month late with this post (it’s okay – I’m only doing this for my records since I don’t have blog readers anymore)! March was the month of non-fiction for me.  April is back to fiction titles (more on that at the end of this month).  I cooked a lot and I read about cooking and food and restaurants. I also read about homeschooling and social media.  It was a weird reading month…but a great month overall.  We produced our spring show (directed by our good friend and…read more

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February Titles

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It’s been a month since I last blogged. And it’s time for my February Title post.  February, typically, is the worst month of the year for me.  It just feels like it moves. so. s-l-o-w-l-y. I felt like I read more in February, but I read the exact number of titles in February as I did in January.  Probably because the month didn’t fly by, like January did. I note a trend in titles this month: I read a lot of creepy stories, with the exception of two. Also, all…read more

my, how things have changed

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i’ve lost my blogging voice.  and while that’s not a bad thing, it’s a lonely, boring place to be. i can’t pinpoint when i lost it – definitely a few years ago when facebook and instagram took over my daily accounting.  and then i think fear took over. fear of saying the wrong thing; of unintentionally hurting someone because of something i wrote.  and now…after not blogging for forever, i want to write again.  but what do i write? when i started blogging, we had babies.  only two of them…but…read more

best books of 2016

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Reading is still one of my favorite ways to spend my time.  It’s the introvert’s dream…to be a spectator in a world you don’t have to physically participate in. My reading challenge on Goodreads was to read 50 books in the year 2016.  I read about 56 books.  I lowered my book reading challenge to 40 for 2017 because I want to read more substantial books this year.  The thick ones that I won’t be able to finish in a few evenings. 2016 was the third year in a row that…read more

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books of 2015

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Since January of 2015, I have kept a photographic journal of the books I read, in order, through the year.  I will continue this through this next year since i really enjoyed keeping up with a list.  I think it also helped me not to get in a reading rut…not knowing what to read next.  I follow podcasts and read book lists and look at others’ recommendations to line up my next books.  I don’t have a specific theme in the books I read…I only read what looks interesting to…read more

bookworm

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for the past eight months, i’ve immersed myself in reading.  fiction, theatrical plays, non-fiction, even cookbooks. sometimes what goes on in our outside world gets too big and checking out, into a story imagined by a writer, is a pretty simple and easy way to drown out all the noise. i’ve been keeping a photographic journal of the books i’m reading on Facebook. i am the “model reader” in this household.  my family sees me with my nose in a book a lot.  that hasn’t mysteriously turned any of them into readers…read more

a day in the (still) life

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I am not a visual artist. I can’t sketch or draw, my water colors blend into a big blob of brown….but oh how i love watching the boys, unhindered, paint whatever is in their heart. so i choose to join them this year.  instead of setting them up with paints and then leaving the room to start on lunch or dinner, i’m sitting down and getting my paint on, too. i may not share my masterpieces with you…but sharing them with the boys is enough joy. what are you digging…read more

shelfies, not selfies!

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Somebody shared a quote on Facebook this week that “selfies have become a huge trend in social media and psychiatrists and mental health workers are linking them to mental health conditions related to narcissism and a person’a obsession with their looks.”  I couldn’t agree more. So, down with the selfie!  Let’s promote a weekly (book) shelfie! Back in February, I hypothesized that a love of reading is not something that we inherit from watching our parents read. I might have written that in reaction to all the times I hear…read more

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reading. and the guilty conscience.

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I have always read to the boys. From the time they were infants sitting in my lap or toddling around the local library, and during preschoolers library story hour. When their kindergarten curriculum didn’t include “book time,” I added it to our daily routine. So when I hear a parent say, “We have instilled a deep love of reading in our child” and see their child with a book in their hand, or sitting in a corner with their nose in the book, I ask them, “How did you do…read more

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