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Leigh Kramer
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I read Carry On, Warrior last year and loved it!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Favorite Non-fiction of 2014 at Leigh Kramer
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We are bathed in the halo of a nightlight. It's just enough to make out the features of his face and how close he is to sleep. He's been fed and nourished and now the cadence of the rocking chair lulls us both. His eyelids flutter but he hasn't quite... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leigh Kramer
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I love knowing what books people hold dear, almost as much as I enjoy recommending books. Luckily for me, people like hearing me talk books. Which, yes, is its own special language. When it comes to writing a best of year-end list, I considered what books came up in conversation... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leigh Kramer
I've been meaning to read Still Alice! Definitely need to make that happen before the movie comes out. Or is it already out? I'll make sure I read it before I see it. I'm looking forward to the follow up to The Rosie Project.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on Favorite Fiction of 2014 at Leigh Kramer
I need to catch up on my writing too!
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on Favorite Fiction of 2014 at Leigh Kramer
Sorry not sorry. ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on Favorite Fiction of 2014 at Leigh Kramer
And now you're helping my list to grow! I haven't heard of most of these.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on Favorite Fiction of 2014 at Leigh Kramer
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I read fiction like I'm breathing. That is to say, I read infinitely more fiction than non-fiction. Some of it is good and some (lots?) of it is fluff and some of it is "I cannot shut up about this amazing book." I'm presenting this last category to you today.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leigh Kramer
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That article about Serial is really interesting. I'd guess I have a low need for closure- I'm very comfortable with mystery and ambiguous endings. At least when it comes to fiction and the lives of other people.
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I totally get the allure but the idea makes me cringe. I love having variety and expressing myself through my clothes. This makes me sound flashier than I am but you know what I mean.
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You know how sometimes I can be bossy and tell you you absolutely positively must read a book? Well, that's how I feel about the 2015 line up for The Red Couch. We have picked out some amazing books to read and discuss together and I can't wait. Today I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
Kate Morton is one of my favorites! Glad you gave her a chance. Did we ever talk about Secret Place after you finished? I remember you didn't like it but it still shocks me. I loved it. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was my first Gaiman and at some point, I do plan to read more by him, though I've been saying that practically all year. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was one of my favorites from this year! Such a fascinating premise and delivery.
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This month marks one year for me as The Red Couch Book Club editor. We've read 11 books together on all manner of subjects and the discussions have been such a treat. I know so many of you love to read but have you read any of our selections? Do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
I hope you enjoy Storify! They have a pretty great Help section, you can access at the bottom of their home page. It should have everything you need to get started.
Not sure which link you're talking about, Sophie! If this is one of the blogs in the link up, probably easiest just to click on their home page and find the right post.
My all-time favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas but Elf is right up there. As far as my many part-time jobs, I'd certainly like to have more consistency and routine. I'm trying to figure out the right combination. Amanda Williams, one of the SRT co-owners, is one of my dearest friends and that's how I came to help out at their office.
Tea Leoni blows me away in Madam Secretary! Let me know what you think.
I hope you like First Impressions and Madam Secretary!
Congrats on running another half marathon, Mark! I am truly impressed, especially since it happened in such cold weather.
I record all the books I read in a journal. I wrote about it here: http://www.leighkramer.com/blog/2013/01/confessions-of-a-book-nerd-tracking-the-habit.html I'm also on Goodreads but the journal has been my steadfast companion for almost a decade now.
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Happy day after Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! November strikes me as an especially patriotic month, starting with the election and ending with a table full of family and/or friends gathered around a turkey. I'll take it. Read and Reading I applaud Doughty's exploration of death and the funeral industry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
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For the first 30 years of my life, I didn't have to be strategic about Christmas plans. I stayed in my hometown after graduate school, about 10 minutes away from my parents and one set of grandparents and 45 minutes away from the other set of grandparents. I worked in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
What really helped me was having friends who had already done it and could walk me through it. My friend Jen was especially instrumental- she showed me how to make mayonnaise, answered all my questions, and gave me a heads up on what to expect. I highly recommend the Well Fed cookbooks. Great recipes and my friends with families swear by them too. But if Whole 30 seems too overwhelming, maybe try cutting out one group at a time. Like cut grains out for a month or gluten and then see if you notice a difference.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on One Year After Whole 30: An Update at Leigh Kramer
Proud of you, Keri! I'm so sorry you've been dealing with food allergies but glad Whole 30 has been a helpful experience. I have a couple of friends who have stuck with Whole 30 after it ended because of how much better they felt. The reintroduction phase might give you some answers so you can at least narrow down the culprits but I totally understand why that would make you nervous!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on One Year After Whole 30: An Update at Leigh Kramer
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A year ago I had just finished the 10 day reintroduction phase of Whole 30. Whole 30 is a nutritional reset, an elimination diet. For 30 days, you cut out sugar, grains, gluten, dairy, legumes, and alcohol. You focus on balanced meals and healthy fats. You make sure to eat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Leigh Kramer