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nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
Recent Activity
I had the opportunity to record an episode of The Scrap Gals podcast. (It will be downloadable next week!) The topic: Your favorite scrapbook layout you’ve ever made. When Tracie told me the topic, two layouts immediately sprang to my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at The English Geek
If you’ve read my blog for very long, follow me on Instagram, or know me in person, you know I believe that books can save your life. I believe in the power of the written word to help a reader... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at The English Geek
She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable. Fifth grade was a difficult year for me. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at The English Geek
“Of course she does. This is Jemima Kincaid we’re talking about.” “The girl who never forgets anything,” said Tyler. …I thought, Is that what my name means? … You walk around with a hazy idea, but you don’t often get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago, on a Sunday, Kendell and Jake went hiking on a Sunday morning. Because of my injured toe I haven’t been able to hike, and as Kendell was dying for a good mountain wander, Jake went with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2020 at The English Geek
On Friday, Kendell and I went to the wedding reception of the daughter of one of our couple friends. We’ve been friends with this family for, I don’t know…at least 25 years. This friendship was formed—like so many other friendships... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at The English Geek
Last week when I dropped Kaleb off at his first day of high school, I had an unexpected reaction. Kaleb and I had a good conversation while we drove to school, mostly joking, and then he told me goodbye and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at The English Geek
They say that all the stars in the sky are actually made inside the earth. Then they seek out the roots of cottonwood trees and slip into the wood, where they wait, real patient. Inside the cottonwood, they’re dull and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at The English Geek
Just a little over 17 years ago, I went out on a run in order to think. In order to make a decision: accept the teaching position that was offered to me or not? On the outside, it didn’t seem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at The English Geek
The Wind through the Keyhole “It hurt, of course, but more often than not the best things do, I’ve found. You wouldn’t think it could be so, but—as the oldtimers used to say—the world’s tilted, and there’s an end to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at The English Geek
So do we pass the ghosts who haunt us later in our lives; they sit undramatically on the roadside like poor beggars, and we see them only from the corners of our eyes, if we see them at all. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at The English Geek
""If she could start her life over again, she decides, she would shout more. She would bite like the dream dogs. She wouldn’t be so scared of everything all the time. She wouldn’t come when Father called, she would stay... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at The English Geek
In the quilting group I’m in, lots of people have been posting their “quarantine quilts.” Things they finally finished during the shut down, or even started AND finished. Some people have finished five or six! I’ve also been sewing a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at The English Geek
As the pandemic continues, I have been thinking about fear. To be fair, I have thought about fear quite often over the past 15 years or so. I think about it when someone tells me I’m brave to go running... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at The English Geek
[This is a two-part blog post. You can read the first part HERE.] “Yes, but it’s just an English degree. What can you do with that except teach high school?” “It’s not like you had to work as hard as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at The English Geek
One of my most abiding memories from childhood is the cold autumn Saturday my dad took me to a BYU football game. I don’t know why this happened, as I was not a fan of football and we weren’t like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at The English Geek
I went for a walk this morning. No headphones, no running, no Kendell tagging along. I needed to go to the doctor’s office for a blood test (my yearly check up of thyroid and other issues) and since it’s only... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at The English Geek
When the story about Amy Cooper was just starting to break, there was a discussion about it in one of the Facebook groups I participate in. Someone tried to excuse her behavior by saying that she, as a woman alone... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at The English Geek
Back in January or February, the literary world was kind of buzzing about a book called American Dirt. It tells a story about a woman and her son who, after their husband and father is executed by a drug dealer,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at The English Geek
I’ve always been a solitary runner. None of my neighbors or friends are runners, so when I picked up running (in the summer of 2000) I went out alone, and I’ve been doing it that way ever since. Mostly this... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at The English Geek
"Perhaps you saw what place our universe plays in the scheme of things—an atom in a blade of grass." Back near the end of February, I helped Nathan figure out how to use his library card to download audio books,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at The English Geek
Two truths I have learned about medical issues over the past twenty years: What happens to one person in a family happens to every person in a family. Doctors, hospital, medical procedures: these things fix you. They repair you. But... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at The English Geek
I have finally started making masks! I don’t know why I didn’t start making them sooner; it’s not as if I don’t have fabric for it! I even prewashed and dried fabric that I thought would make appealing masks. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at The English Geek
“Spring is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of cold second thoughts.” ~Barbara Kingsolver​ It’s been since late October that I put my garden tools away. Rosebushes pruned, dead annuals piled up in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2020 at The English Geek
Keeping up with my goal to COMMIT this year, here’s an accounting of my March progress and a list of my April goals. MARCH GOALS: My EXERCISE goals were to run 50 miles and to go to 10 ballet barre... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at The English Geek