Seven Ways to Know You’re a Book Nerd

Surface area is your special first-world problem.   Some of your library fines are due to water damage (the bathtub gets ’em).   You use toilet paper for bookmarks. You have a permanent spot on the library reserve shelf. It’s not the ceiling that might fall on you some night.   When you search under […]

Wordsmith: the Story

About 25 years ago I was in the middle of homeschooling two teenagers, my husband had quit his corporate job to start a business, and we were looking to move out of our comfortable middle-class neighborhood and into some place we could afford.  Our search was taking us farther and farther away from our friends, […]

One Proud Nerd

Did you watch the Super Bowl?  I’ll tune in when the Cowboys are playing again (might be a loooong wait) but I understand the Atlanta/New England matchup was a pretty good game.  And I hear, too, that Wide Receiver Malcolm Mitchell had his best postseason game by a Patriots rookie ever.  But I’m not excited […]

Booky, Vol. 1

(A semi-regular post linking to other bookish posts) This had me going for a minute: Troops rebel over Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense because he’s handing them a 6000 book reading list.  (language advisory)  Seems like a good idea for down time in the barracks, though . . . Everybody’s “complicated.”   Still, a new […]

Be Very Afraid?

I was 13 years old when JFK was assassinated.  Of course I was upset and sad and tearful and, like everyone else, glued to the TV where Walter Cronkite was also upset and sad and tearful.  It wasn’t because I had strong feelings for Kennedy—I would have been equally shocked if it happened to Eisenhower […]


Words Shaping Minds

I remember the first novel-length book I read aloud to my kids. I was frustrated that day.  My husband was away on a business trip and I was stuck at home with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old and no TV to turn on and keep them occupied, even though by that time on Saturday afternoon […]