The second book I read this year is "The Dark Lake" by Sarah Bailey. In her acknowledgements, Ms. Bailey wrote: Writing a book really is such a ridiculous thing to do. So ridiculous that I might just go and do it all over again. Uh, Sarah? That's not necessary. My daughter, Brigid, gave me this … Continue reading Book Review #2: The Dark Lake (I think there was a lake)
While in high school, I read The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. My teenage self was completely depressed by the sepia-toned trudge through despair depicted in both books. I have not read another Steinbeck book since. A few months ago, my golf partner Lisa told me that it was … Continue reading Book Review #1: John Steinbeck “Travels with Charley” into Despair, Again
I don't post much anymore and this post is long and it's not funny but I really hope you will read it. I ask you to read it. And share it because it matters not just in Portland, not just in Oregon but throughout the U.S. My mother was a teacher before I was born. … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
I resolved last year to keep track of all the books I read in 2014 and I did it. I didn't write many reviews but I have created a ratings system to help you figure out if a book is one you might want to read. And you don't have to read the list today, … Continue reading I Kept My 2014 Revolution and Here is the Documentation.
I've decided to return to Misc. Maggie. I miss you guys. And I really sucked at the Dear Judy blog. In preparation for my first post, I'm providing you with some background information that may prove vital to enjoying aforementioned first post. It could also be completely boring and of no interest to anyone but … Continue reading You Need to Read This to Read Tomorrow’s Post, Well You Don’t Need to, You Can, It Could Prove Helpful but It’s Ultimately Up to You and Your Blog Reading Habits
I finished Salvage the Bones this morning because I couldn't stay up for the last 60 pages last night. I am keeping a list of every book I read in 2014 and this is #11. I seldom read out of my comfort zone and this book is most definitely NOT in my typical reading wheelhouse. … Continue reading Experiencing “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward