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nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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It feels like something’s opened up to me—not only landscapes and sweeping views, but the future. It’s not clear, but it’s wider than I ever remember it feeling, full of possibility, of places I can go someday. Some YA books... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Geek
Not two years before I got married, I was a wild child. Driving my crappy but fast car as dangerously as I could, roaming around the valley with my friends at night, drinking, flirting with boys. Sluffing school. I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at The English Geek
One of my yearly goals is to write something about every book I finish. (Sometimes I also write about the books I didn’t finish, but not often.) I’ve mostly accomplished this for the past five years, but 2020 was an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at The English Geek
We are who we are not because of our birthright, but because of what we choose to do in this life. It cannot be boiled down to black and whit. Not when there is so much in between. You cannot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at The English Geek
I was reading somewhere on Facebook yesterday about a writer. Someone had recommended this writer’s memoir to the commenter, and she read it and loved it, and then did some research about the writer and discovered that he keeps a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at The English Geek
Be your own place of safety, she told herself, straightening. No crossbar in the world could protect her from what lay ahead, and neither could a tiny knife ticked in her boot - though there her tiny knife would most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at The English Geek
All of that stuff is true. All the other worlds that human beings believe in, via group myths or spiritual visitations or even imaginations if they’re vivid enough, they exist. Imagining a world creates it, if it isn’t already there.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The English Geek
Ever since I saw Amy Smart’s Christmas quilt called Patchwork Forest a couple of years ago, I have wanted to make one. (Seriously…look at her blog post and then search the hashtag on Instagram and tell me you don’t want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at The English Geek
"Ideas are so much wilder than memories." The Invisible Life of Addie Larue begins near the end of seventeenth-century in the small village of Villon, France, when young Adeline LaRue convinces her father to take her into the city with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2021 at The English Geek
“She grows up feeling wrong, out of place, too dark, too tall, too unruly, too opinionated, too silent, too strange. She grows up with the awareness that she is merely tolerated, an irritant, useless, that she does not deserve love,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at The English Geek
My Facebook memories reminded me of THIS POST I wrote last year, a summary of the previous decade. I had totally forgotten I wrote it, but rereading it made me stop and think. I have a selfie I took last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at The English Geek
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about social media in all its forms, and its impact on my life. Clearly I haven’t been blogging much lately—honestly, I haven’t been writing much at all. There are many reasons for that, from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at The English Geek
I wrote this post based on the novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel, not the TV show. I haven’t watched the TV show. I probably never will watch the TV show. Nor have I read the sequel Atwood published last... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at The English Geek
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