Birthday Books

Apr 26, 2012 by

I went birthday present shopping last night.  For myself.  At the library!  I had to return some library books, and as I approached the entrance, I saw this sign: Well, of course, I couldn’t just walk by without at least browsing.  Since it was the first day of the book sale, the selection was still very good.  I picked up a book.  Then another.  Soon I had to ask for a bag and then a second bag.  These deals were just too good to pass up!  I found a lot of the modern classics that I have either not gotten around to reading yet, or that I have read but loved so much that I wanted my own copy.  I even found an unused Book Club Organizer—this is the one I referenced in Share...

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Snow, Fire, and Flowers

Jan 15, 2012 by

It’s the middle of January and we finally had our first little snowstorm of the season in Michigan. Even though I’ve lived through long, cold winters my whole life, I still do not embrace winter. But since my situation isn’t likely to change in the near future, I find ways to endure and at least tolerate the season. Two things that get me through are fires and books. I don’t usually slow down long enough to relax for long periods of time, but when there is a roaring fire in the fireplace and snow falling gently outside my window, I feel compelled to grab a book. But it can’t be just any book–it needs to be one that puts me in "the reading zone" as Nancie Atwell would call it. I’ve read some good...

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