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nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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It snowed! I mean…I’m always excited when it snows. But this winter, when we’ve literally only had TWO small snow storms? This winter, I am excited for snow. Still, when it started snowing last night, I did not get my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Geek
My friends Elizabeth Dillow and Angie Lucas are doing an Instagram challenge: take 18 photos on the 18th of each month in 2018. I totally missed it in January, but wanted to play along in February. Was determined to play... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Geek
Yesterday was my 26th wedding anniversary. Twenty six years…I’ve been married for much more than half my life. Sometimes my marriage has been difficult, sometimes fantastic, which I think is typical of most marriages. I don’t think it is ever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at The English Geek
In my life, I tend to figure out things by writing about them. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but for me, writing is a thinking process (as well as a form of therapy sometimes): I start with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at The English Geek
The end of 2016 and the winter of 2017 were really, really rough months for me. Many things in my psyche—my way of seeing myself, my belief in myself as a good, decent person, my faith in my ability to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The English Geek
I don’t have many memories of going to church as a child, mostly because we almost never went, but the ones I do have are fairly vivid. During one of the stretches we were going to church, I remember sitting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at The English Geek
As part of my continuing efforts to blog more consistently, I am working on creating a more obvious schedule. And as part of my continuing efforts to rededicate myself to running more, I think I’m going to blog on Mondays... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at The English Geek
Here is one way I am a book snob: I really, really don't like reading books by famous people. (Trevor Noah's autobiography, which was surprisingly well-written and not at all famous-people-esque, is a recent exception to this rule.) Especially by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The English Geek
I'm not a fan of the traditional western genre. The cowboys-and-Indians style stories, where everything is cut and dried, where white people are good and Indians are savages, except for when they are noble savages, and anyway you can clearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at The English Geek
I have been thinking lately of writing a list. A long list of all the women who have influenced me. My mother, certainly, and my sisters. My daughter. My best friend from high school who I don't see often enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at The English Geek
I’ve always tried to keep a record of some sort of the scrapbook layouts I make. This started back when I used Creative Memories albums, which have a strap-hinge binding and front-to-back pages. I made a table to keep track... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at The English Geek
Last night I stayed up late, waiting until Nathan’s curfew and finishing the book I was reading, Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. It tells the story of three teenagers: Grace, who has recently given birth to a baby... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at The English Geek
I'm not always certain that being a bibliophile isn't the same as being a drug addict. Except, you know. Brain damage, bad teeth, the possibility of death. OK, what I mean is: even when I am in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The English Geek
This post has taken me FOR.EV.ER to put together. Which is why I'm posting it so late! But I love looking back on such things so I'm putting it out here anyway. 12 Favorite pictures from 2017: 1: The start... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at The English Geek
A little-known story about me: When I was 17, to ensure the possibility of graduating from high school, I had to do something to make up my citizenship grade (because, you know...sluffing three out of four school terms has consequences).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at The English Geek
As I was putting together my list of 2017 books, I kept thinking of reading experiences that didn’t exactly fit into a list of titles, so tonight I’m writing a post about some of my memories of reading (rather than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at The English Geek
LOVE Salt to the Sea! I read A Man Called Ove in 2016 and loved it, too. (Ove is my husbands twin. Grumpy but he builds my bookshelves.) I checked out Caroline and will check it out again and actually read it. Ditto The Women in the Castle! XO Amy Typepad HTML Email
This is the fourth year I've put together a list of all of the books I read. I don't always manage to write a blog post about every book (although it's my goal every year!) but I do keep a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at The English Geek
If you ask me when I started running, I’ll generally say it was in the summer of 2000, when I was trying to lose baby weight after Nathan was born. But really, I started earlier than that—technically, I started running... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at The English Geek
We are not big on New Year’s Eve in my family. Many years I’ve been the only one awake; some years, as my kids got older, I was awake waiting for them to get home from their festivities. This year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at The English Geek
I have a confession to make: I haven't made a scrapbook layout since October. I know. Fall came and I was overwhelmed with the desire to sew. So, I sewed instead of scrapbooking. Or let's blame it on It, which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at The English Geek
Last winter was one of my life’s hardest seasons. One of my kids was struggling with some big issues, and the fact that he was hurting so much and yet wouldn’t let me help him was the straw that crumpled... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The English Geek
Every December, on some day or another, I have a meltdown in a store somewhere. Usually this happens after Christmas, when I’m wandering around, say, the clearance aisles at Target and it really, really hits me that yet another Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at The English Geek
It was September; my niece Madi was expecting a baby and I was invited to her baby shower. I cannot turn up at a baby shower without a baby quilt of some sort. I did that once—my gift that time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at The English Geek
I started blogging in the fall of 2005. I resisted it for a while, even though all of my online friends were starting blogs. Mostly because my online friends were starting blogs, and I tend to resist something if everyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at The English Geek