Monthly Archives: December 2018

Reading in 2018

Back in September, I decided on some reading goals for the rest of the year. I was supposed to finish the Harry Potter series, finish reading all of Barbara Michaels’s books, read some Kindle books, and read the bookshop-themed books … Continue reading

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An Inescapable Truth

We have two breadboxes, but we rarely use them. The problem is that what goes into the breadboxes tends to stay in the breadboxes until, with a shiver of horror, we recall that it is there and realize that it’s … Continue reading

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Dark Magic

The Magicians by Lev Grossman Grade: A At the beginning of The Magicians, teenager Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant high-achiever, was en route to an alumni interview for Princeton. But, even as he approached this milestone of accomplishment, he felt dissatisfied. … Continue reading

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Christmas Progress

The Christmas cards have all been sent, which is impressive given that we had lost our contact list. It was difficult to reconstruct the list, because so many of the people on it had moved in the last few years. … Continue reading

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Cheesehead

I started watching Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” movie the other night. It included live footage of the band performing the song of the same name. If I hadn’t already known the title of the song, I might have … Continue reading

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Done!

Photo album ordered!

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People and Their Brothers

Today did not go exactly as planned. I don’t know why this should surprise me. It is, after all, Christmas time, when everyone and all their brothers are out in the world, and getting in each other’s ways, and making … Continue reading

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Stories from 2018

Dear Kids, We had many strange conversations in 2018. Marshall liked to ask me about strange scenarios, such as would I smoke one cigarette to get a millions dollars (yes), a hundred cigarettes for a million dollars (maybe), a thousand … Continue reading

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Almost Done!

I’m feeling moderately optimistic today. I finished my 2017/2018 photo album Monday night. My plan is to proofread it today or tomorrow and then order it. As always, I’m worried about making mistakes, all kinds of mistakes, including the kinds … Continue reading

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Dear Universe

Dear Universe, I have been listening to you. I have absorbed your lessons. I really have. I have learned many things, and I am trying to be a better person. So can we just take a break, just for a … Continue reading

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