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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Top Ten Books to Read in 2017 December 30, 2016

I read a lot – I average a book a week, sometimes more. I read a lot of good books in 2016, and when I do I try to share. Especially if those books are off the beaten path. New York Times Bestsellers have their own words of mouth and advertising budgets. But there are…

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BOOK REVIEW: Midlife Happy Hour December 23, 2016

  Midlife Happy Hour: Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos (Midlife Cabernet Book 2) Midlife Cabernet, by Elaine Ambrose, raises a glass to the advantages of late middle age. Young enough to still have fun, but old enough not to have too many responsibilities left, Elaine makes you wish you could move to…

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Middle School Bathroom Ballet December 18, 2016

Sometime in late October, I fell out of my car.  I have a thousand excuses, none of them particularly good, including “there was stuff in my hands so I couldn’t use my arms to balance” and “I parked on uneven turf, making the way out unpredictable.”  I promise you I was sober as the Judge…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman December 16, 2016

  The Gentleman: A Novel The Gentleman, by Forrest Leo, is a fun novel, creative and entertaining. In it, Lionel Strange, a fair-to-middling poet brimming with unearned self-confidence finds himself without enough money to keep the life to which he has become accustomed. To solve this problem he marries the beautiful and wealth Vivien Lancaster.…

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Way Back in the Way Back. December 11, 2016

Back before the laws of physics were passed and no one wore seat belts because we all believed it would be safer to be ‘flung free,’ my parents owned a big blue Chevy Caprice Station Wagon.  My sister and I would fight over who got to sit in the ‘way back’ amongst the groceries and…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Power of Habit December 9, 2016

  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Every once in a while I read a book that completely reorders the way I think about certain things. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, is one of those books. I talk about it an annoying amount of time.…

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Chapped Lips and the Evolution of Smooth December 4, 2016

Back in the day when I was serious about being a flute player, I was mildly obsessed with chapped lips.  Especially so in the dry winter.  Chapped lips could make everything terrible.  I would whine about chapped lips to my teacher as the reason for my inability to do things and she would snap back,…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Little Red Christmas Ball December 2, 2016

The Little Red Christmas Ball: a story for kids and anyone whoever was…and would be again The Little Red Christmas Ball, by Brian Moloney, is a sweet little chapter book. It is the perfect read-aloud for the holiday season. Part Velveteen Rabbit, part Charlotte’s Web, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow, it talks about…

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