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It Comes in Threes September 16, 2017

                Honestly, the day started out just fine if you don’t count the fact that I had to set my alarm for 6 on a Saturday morning.  I drove my son to his rehearsal at the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, drank coffee and wrote in the audience, and was generally peaceful, if a little sleepy. …

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BOOK REVIEW: A Wrinkle In Time September 8, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) When I was a child, before “Young Adult” was a genre that was really a thing, I loved to read. Certain books stood out for me, and I reread them until the pages got soft and started to fall out. I’d carefully…

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On the Road with Mario September 2, 2017

My husband’s name is Mike, not Mario, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he drives. I’m pretty sure that my husband goes out of his way to accelerate and brake in the car in such as way as to maximize the g-forces his passengers experience.  It is in this way that he can…

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Book Review: The House on Beartown Road August 25, 2017

The Family on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Love and Courage “The House on Beartown Road” by Elizabeth Cohen is a memoir with an interesting premise. It follows approximately a year in Cohen’s life in which she suddenly finds herself the single parent of an infant girl and the sole caretaker of her father, who…

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Book Review — Lilac Girls August 11, 2017

Lilac Girls: A Novel “Lilac Girls,” by Martha Hall Kelly, follows the intersecting stories of Caroline Ferriday, Herta Oberhauser, and Kasia Kuzmerick in the years leading up to, during, and after World War II. Caroline is a New York socialite with a bent towards helping those less fortunate. Herta Oberhauser is a doctor in Germany…

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Dress Code Blues August 5, 2017

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no exception. I take that back.  My teenage son doesn’t much care, since it doesn’t really affect him.  Boy fashion is…

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Selling a Piece of Paradise July 22, 2017

I have to sell a little piece of paradise, and I’m hoping you will help me.  I mean, I don’t have to have to, I’m not a desperate seller, but it doesn’t make sense for me to hang on to it.  Way back in 2007, about 15 minutes before the housing bubble burst, my husband…

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Book Review — the Magicians July 21, 2017

The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is an adult story of wizards and wizarding, and is the basis for the series on the SyFy channel (which I haven’t seen.) While comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable, there are more nods to Narnia in the book, and it really stands on…

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BOOK REVIEW — A Gentleman in Moscow July 14, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is one of those beautiful books that, when you are finished, make you want to clutch it to your chest and close your eyes and sigh. The simple plot belies its profundity. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov lives under house arrest in Moscow…

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