My Dog Ate My Homework, or Why I Couldn’t Do My Assignment on Concrete Imagery

Dear Editor, I know I promised to write about how concrete imagery draws a reader into a story, but I’ve had such a week that I just couldn’t. Several months ago we had a huge Red Oak tree cut down after it dropped a large limb onto my neighbor’s driveway.  Unfortunately, she was in the […]

Two Different Beach Reads: The Drop by Dennis Lehane and The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

When I look at photographs of my parents, I can see how I inherited my eye color from one, my curly hair, the other. I’m convinced that my reading tastes are just as genetic. One of the fixtures in my father’s bathroom was a tub with a copy of a detective novel on its wide […]

Survival Book for Long Car Trips

Please click on the blue title to open this post to the blog page. While there isn’t a cure-all for all the problems associated with long car trips, for years I have carried a hardback copy of The World of Pooh in the back pocket of the driver’s seat to help my family withstand such […]

Exercising with E. E. Cummings

Since retiring in 2003, I have been fighting getting old.  Although I was once an English teacher, I was determined to reinvent myself at age fifty-four.  I took drawing, pottery, and watercolor classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in DeKalb County.  I joined the East Lake YMCA for tai chi and yoga classes.  My “exercises,” […]

A Wee Taste of Ulster

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and all things Irish have been on my mind lately because of Patrick Taylor, the author of a series of nine novels my sister recommended to me.  Taylor’s books are informative, entertaining, and well written, and they are wonderful to curl up with by the fire this chilly winter. […]

The Sibley’s Under the Wood Stove

Why David Allen Sibley‘s wonderful 2000 The Sibley Guide to Birds is under the wood stove is not a long story.  It was in the trunk of my car, and the trunk leaked.  Perhaps the interesting part about this situation is that both my husband and I rushed to dry out the Sibley, but we […]

It Takes a Small Town…

Even though I grew up in a community of row houses in Philadelphia, there was a small town feel to our neighborhood as families looked out for other families.  There was even a small town feel to the farm area where we moved to in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, six miles from the center of town.  People […]