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nose in a book
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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Last week started out chilly: clouds and rain in the valley on Monday and Tuesday and then, when the clouds pulled away in the late afternoon, the mountains covered with new snow. During those sweet, cool days, I found myself... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Geek
I love the story of Beowulf, the Geatish warrior who saves the Danes from the monster Grendel, and then from Grendel's mother, and who, at the end of his life, saves his own people from a dragon and then gets... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at The English Geek
I usually love Sara Zarr's books. Story of a Girl and The Lucy Variations are books I hand over to young adult readers all the time, and How to Save a Life is my favorite book she's written. She is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The English Geek
When I was working on my English degree, one of my very-favorite classes was the mythology course I took one summer. We studied the Greco-Roman tradition and the Norse pantheon; my final project was an anthology of about fifty poems... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at The English Geek
Last month, I went to a scrapbooking retreat. Now, I know that to the majority of the world, that’s a pretty strange idea. It’s maybe akin to someone going to a furry convention? (Scrapbookers aren’t that strange!) But really, there... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago, on a running Facebook group I belong to we were discussing what our running mantras are. It was interesting and motivational to read the words that run through the minds of so many runners, and it... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at The English Geek
All day yesterday, I found myself thinking about this post I read on Cathy Zielske’s blog that morning. (I admire Cathy quite a bit, partly because I think if we met in real life she would understand my need to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at The English Geek
On Monday afternoon, I was outside mowing the lawn when I started to notice that I needed to snip a whole bunch of daffodils and tulips that had lost all of their petals. This made me think about how fleeting... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at The English Geek
The book that ruined YA trilogies for me was Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. I read it not knowing that it was the first book of a yet-unfinished trilogy, and I got to the end (and was left totally hanging)... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The English Geek
Working as a librarian, I have had the opportunity to help people in many ways. Finding books, of course, magazines and newspapers and essays and poems and short stories and picture books and chapter books and biographies and how-to books... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at The English Geek
The cover blurb on my (library) copy of Maggie O'Farrell's novel This Must Be the Place​ is by Richard Russo, an author I don't particularly love, except I love what he said about her book, that it "deserves to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago, I was at the scrapbook store, and I started chatting with one of the employees. She told me that she doesn’t scrapbook much anymore, because all of her kids are grown and out of the house.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at The English Geek
Last week, I ran into Hobby Lobby because I needed a couple of new Copic markers. Apparently, purchasing a Copic marker requires a national security clearance: they are kept in a locked case, which must be opened by a manager,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The English Geek
Last week I was inspired to scrapbook a few pictures from 2012. I didn’t remember many of the details about the pics, but I came to my blog and found I’d written about the day here, and then I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at The English Geek
I confess: I have a sugar problem. (Along with roughly, what, 92% of the world, yes?) I love to bake. Not just because I like to eat desserts, but I enjoy the baking process. The transformation of butter and sugar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at The English Geek
Because I was born to a mother who is also a feminist. She taught me to cook and bake, to sew a straight seam, to love my family; she taught me that my value was only in homemaking if that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at The English Geek
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to read was a series of biographies called Childhood of Famous Americans. They were hardback books with orange covers, and told about the childhoods of, yes, people who grew up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at The English Geek
(This is a sort-of spoiler-y review, because I don’t know how to separate my reaction to the book from what happens in the book. I mean, I could just give you a brief idea of what the book is about:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The English Geek
There comes a time, in any book I am reading, where I ask myself why am I reading this? This question comes from a bunch of different sources, adult guilt over spending time just reading being one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The English Geek
I miss running. I miss running so much. I miss all of it: figuring out where to run, piling on miles, watching my monthly total go up. Looking for a race and then signing up for it and then not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at The English Geek
Books about reading and books are a favorite of mine. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a recent one; The People of the Book, and The Book Thief, The End of Your Life Book Club and the wacky If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at The English Geek
On Tuesday when I went to work, my boss (who is also one of my best friends) said “You aren’t wearing black today!” and I dug her in the rib with my elbow because she was right: I had on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at The English Geek
A short little bit from a poem I recently read that I cannot get out of my mind: It is as if a steel clamp Had seized upon one square inch of a flattened Canvas map then jerked sharply upward:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at The English Geek
When I was pondering my 2017 resolutions, I thought that what I really want to do is make time slow down. Apparently, I haven’t reached that goal because look, January is already over. I can’t say that this has been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at The English Geek
Yes, I know: we are 78% the way through January and it’s a bit late to be writing a year-in-review post. But, I still am writing it because, you know. I just want to. Tomorrow I am planning on writing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The English Geek