From my Bookshelf

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

I heard about this book on the Today show and ordered it immediately because it just oozed with sugary sweetness and nuggets of simple yet profound wisdom. Hoda Kotb said it moved her to her core, and as she interviewed the author, I couldn't resist ordering it right then. It's a gift book, a treasure… Continue reading The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

beach, From my Bookshelf, Writing

Blue Mind Magic

I usually try to write blogs based on what causes an emotional reaction in me. So, you'd think that being at the warm, sunny beach in February would trigger a lot of emotions. The problem is that the calming effects of the ocean lull me into a kind of beach bliss -- such a subdued,… Continue reading Blue Mind Magic

Change, From my Bookshelf, Memoir, Uncategorized

Bulletproof

Have you ever done something you thought was brave and exciting, and then recoiled in regret because you felt like an exposed nerve? Mel Brooks "High Anxiety" movie comes to mind. I experienced this kind of high anxiety a couple of months ago when I sent query letters to literary agents. I stepped into an… Continue reading Bulletproof

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I want to be like Anna Quindlen

I recently read Anna Quindlen’s new memoir, “Lots of Cake and Plenty of Candles.” I didn’t get past the first paragraph in the introduction titled “Life in the Fifties” before I stopped reading to think about one of the first things she wrote. “It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from… Continue reading I want to be like Anna Quindlen

Community, From my Bookshelf, Uncategorized

Duped

My Grandma Snow used to subscribe to every magazine imaginable. After she read them, she stacked them up and gave them away to her friends and visitors. So often after I visited her I went home with a stack of magazines. I usually thumbed through them and took the Reader’s Digest vocabulary tests and the… Continue reading Duped