taking stock of daily joys

taking stock of daily joys

taking stock of daily joys What are your thoughts on “gratitude” journals?   I’ve been vaguely tempted to keep (or, let’s be clear, attempt to keep) one over the years. But honestly? They seem like too much work. The thought of finding something to be grateful...
In defense of children’s books

In defense of children’s books

In defense of children’s books   Here’s a book I read recently (and quite enjoyed, thank you very much) … Yes, it’s a children’s book; it was written in the mid-1950s, but I’ve only just discovered it.   And how could I possibly pass it up?   A...
Notes from The Great Pause

Notes from The Great Pause

Notes from The Great Pause For many of us (as of early fall 2020), the past several months have been a virtual whirlwind of change, confusion, worry, introspection and, well, sitting on the couch.     We’ve stayed in …   It all started, of course,...
Why I’m not a fan of book reviews

Why I’m not a fan of book reviews

Why I’m not a fan of book reviews As someone who reads a fair number of books, and who loves adding new (or new-to-me) books to my collection, I have a confession: I don’t put much stock in book reviews.   I typically choose books based on the...
How to save a bookstore

How to save a bookstore

How to save a bookstore When the COVID-19 outbreak first began, the rapid pace of virus-induced changes to how we live, work, shop, and even eat was a whirlwind, even a bit disorienting. When this weird new reality of “distancing” and staying home and temporary...
Kitten update

Kitten update

Kitten update Remember my mentioning that our recently adopted kitten, Max, had apparently come to us with a contagious skin condition and had then gone into quarantine along with his big brother, Leo, while we spent all of our free time doing laundry and disinfecting...