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nose in a book
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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This week, Kendell and I took a little getaway, just the two of us. We hiked at Bryce Canyon and then drove over the desert to Santa Barbara for a little beach time, a little hiking time, and a chance... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Geek
Sometimes it seems like I’ve been recuperating from an injury constantly. Since I sprained my ankle (and likely tore a bunch of ligaments…wish I would’ve gotten an MRI and a proper diagnosis then) at Ragnar in 2013, my running hasn’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The English Geek
We are Okay by Nina LaCour is the second YA novel I've read this year which I will, I believe, eventually forget about completely, except for a few vivid impressions. (The first one was Sara Zarr's Gem and Dixie.) My... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at The English Geek
Almost every Wednesday in the summer, I hike the Y. This is a hike on the west side of the Wasatch front, wherein you hike up a steep, 1.15 mile trail with 13 switchbacks to get to the giant Y... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The English Geek
Before Haley and Jake graduated from high school and went off to college, I had a reoccurring dream. I’d be doing laundry and look up and realize there was a door hidden behind the spot where I hang clothes to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at The English Geek
Every once in a while, I log in to my Family Search account and follow my family line down one descendant or another. There are so many resources available there, including personal and family histories that people have typed and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at The English Geek
When I got in to work this morning, I realized I had nine books waiting for me on the hold shelf. Nine might not be a problem if I didn't already have oh, about 25 other books checked out. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at The English Geek
The thing that struck me hardest, over and over, as read Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is the similarity in our responses to a variety of experiences. The book is her exploration of her body, the damage... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at The English Geek
(I meant to write and publish this on Independence Day, but I was hanging out with my family and never got to the computer!) As July has arrived, I've found myself thinking about what it means to be patriotic in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at The English Geek
Usually, when I’m reading a book, part of my thought process is “how will I write about this when I am finished?” Quite often I take notes (or write them right inside the book if it’s mine) or stick little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at The English Geek
We didn’t always get along. Maybe in a house full of four sisters no one gets along because we all wanted to be the most important and we all had to spilt the attention. Maybe because she and I were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at The English Geek
To be a good reference librarian, you have to know a lot of things about a lot of different topics, but I've found that understanding human nature is the most important knowledge. That's a broad pool of knowledge—but the job... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at The English Geek
Back in the early days of last December, I gave some serious thought to picking a word for 2017. I don’t do this religiously, every year, as some people do. But with all that happened in 2016—Kendell’s near-death experience, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at The English Geek
A few years after I graduated from high school, I bumped into a woman I'd sort-of been friends with as a teenager. (I could remember her first name was Mary but I had to dig out my yearbook to figure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The English Geek
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 Jun 18, 2017 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