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AmySorensen
nose in a book
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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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 4 days ago at The English Geek
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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
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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
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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
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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
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(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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I have a confession: I have not been to all three of my church meetings since the beginning of November. My excuse was Kendell’s surgery; I didn’t want to chance bringing home any germs whatsoever. Really, after the election I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at The English Geek
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Last night at the library, we had our book club meeting. We talked about the book My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Remen. This is a non-fiction book where she discusses the things she learned from her grandfather, who was a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at The English Geek
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This morning in the shower I was thinking about healthcare and health insurance, the probable repeal of the ACA, and my fears for the future. (This isn't a post about health insurance.) I have a husband and a son who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at The English Geek
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This is the third January I've put together a list of all of the books I read the year before. I've found it useful several times at work, so I think I'll keep doing it. Plus, it's sort of satisfying... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at The English Geek
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Last year when I was putting away my Christmas decorations, I posted a picture on Instagram of my swaddled-in-bubble-wrap nativity. I remember thinking as I wrapped the pieces, what will 2016 bring me? This week, when I was putting away... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at The English Geek
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I own a fairly impressive collection of running clothes. Through careful shopping and a bit of good luck, I right now have three nearly-new pair of running shoes. And don’t get me started on my obsession with affection for comfy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at The English Geek
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As a librarian, I read a lot of young adult fiction. I also read about a lot of YA fiction, as who can read all of it? I grow pickier and pickier, in fact, about what books I am willing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at The English Geek
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(This is more of a book response than a review. You've been warned, it gets a little bit dramatic.) It’s always strange to me how different parts of books impact different readers. Take Alice Hoffman’s newest novel, Faithful. It tells... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at The English Geek
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A few weeks before his surgery, Kendell asked me if I’d picked out my hospital book yet. This question made me pretty happy, as he’s A—not a reader and B—traditionally adverse to buying books. But we’ve done this hospital-stay thing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at The English Geek
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I tried all day yesterday to write about our Christmas. Mostly because I wanted to get the details down, but also because I wanted to write a blog post with some new ideas for journaling about Christmas. In my scrapbooks,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at The English Geek
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("In Which I Reveal Several Despicable Things About Myself" might also be a good title. Don't say I didn't warn you.) I saw an old family friend at the library today, and we started talking about our families and how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at The English Geek
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(This post inspired by this one by my sister Becky.) I have written more than once about how, for me, a large part of the pleasure of the holidays is memory. There is the remembering of childhood Christmases and, now... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at The English Geek