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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
A few weeks ago I was watching TV with Kendell and scrolling through my photos on my phone, deleting those I didn’t need to keep. I’d not done this for a little while, so I started with January, and as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Geek
If you know me, you know this: I’m pretty passionate about exercise clothes. That might seem like a weird thing to feel passionate about, but I have a firm belief that comfortable AND functional exercise clothing keeps people exercising. (Cute... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at The English Geek
Usually I go hiking because I love being in the mountains, out on the trail with the vistas and the trees and the wind and the cliffs. That it is exercise is the secondary bonus. Sometimes, though, I hike just... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at The English Geek
Mother's day has always been difficult for me, because it asks us to overlook damage. To see our mothers & ourselves as mothers in a glowing, beautiful light. This year, many friends have said "this will be a hard Mother's... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at The English Geek
For years, Thursday was my favorite day. I called it “sacred Thursday” and I told my kids and my husband that on Thursdays, we leave Mom alone. I didn’t have to work, I kept the day appointment-free, I didn’t see... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at The English Geek
This line I read this morning made me, sitting there at my kitchen counter eating breakfast, start weeping. In the novel, Meet me at The Museum, one of the protagonists (this is a story told by two people) is pondering... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The English Geek
This morning I ran outside because I heard the garbage truck coming and I wasn’t sure if the can was out. It wasn’t, so I rolled it to the curb and then just stood there, on the sidewalk under my... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The English Geek
A list of details from today, Monday, May 6, 2019, for my Week in the Life project: Kendell took Kaleb to school this morning and I finished cleaning the kitchen from last night. After Jake left for work and I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at The English Geek
(I’ve slipped a little bit in my blogging. This is because there is a blog post my spirit wants me to write but which I’m not sure I should share. It’s raw and revealing and might make me look weak... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at The English Geek
In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity which nature cannot repair. ~Emerson I belong to a local hiking group on Facebook, and I love it... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at The English Geek
I didn’t always collect my fabric scraps. Anything larger than about 3 inches I just generally tossed. I didn’t think I’d have a use for small pieces. This makes me sad now, as saving scraps has sort of become a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at The English Geek
Next to October, April is my favorite month. Not just because it’s my birthday month, and my daughter’s, and my best friend’s (also one of my grandmother’s and two of my great nieces’), but because it is beautiful. I love... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at The English Geek
There’s always a moment when I’m making a quilt as a gift when I think…is this worth it? Will the recipient appreciate it? Do I do this well enough that I can give this without being embarrassed? Maybe I should... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at The English Geek
This weekend I was chatting with my neighbor Blanche. She mentioned that she’s always wanted to hike to Lake Blanche because, well, coolest name ever, right? But she said she wasn’t sure where to start with hiking, as it’s not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at The English Geek
Favorite Quotes: Save your favorite dildo—but throw away the other fifteen! (OK, no really….that doesn’t represent this book at all, but it made me laugh simply because it is so out of tone with the rest of the book.) (Here’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at The English Geek
It’s hard to explain the pull I feel to return. I wasn’t happy there. It wasn’t just the wildness of adolescence, either—because maybe I was happy then, or, at least: I felt something then, something deep and abiding that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at The English Geek
Here I am, just past three weeks into my 100-day project of blogging every day. I’ve missed a few days, but not many. As I’ve continued to write my posts, I have begun asking myself: Why am I doing this?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at The English Geek
Favorite quotes: “They were connected: the world, her body, her face. Perhaps she should not be asking who she was but, rather, of what she was a part.” “How do you stop being afraid? You don’t. But love and responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at The English Geek
When I was pregnant with Haley, right at the end there was a little scare where the doctor was worried that her growth had slowed down. A few stress-tests and ultrasounds later, he decided that everything was probably OK but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at The English Geek
Today was my 47th birthday. I have some thoughts on the year that just passed in my life, but today I just want to document the things I did. A few things happened today that don’t usually happen on my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at The English Geek
Sometimes I’m itching to write something, to make something with words that is structured and shaped and maybe well-written, but other days my thoughts roll through my head like the credits at the end of a movie. This is one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at The English Geek
I woke this morning thinking of mothers. What it means to be a mother; what a mother is. Mother: the person who made you within her body. Sometimes. Mother: the person who took care of you when you were a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at The English Geek
There were two topics yesterday that were all over my social media feeds: the fire at Notre Dame and the running of the Boston marathon. (I’m actually fairly surprised at the depth of my reaction to the fire; I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at The English Geek
One of my very favorite librarians is leaving the library this week, and I wanted to give her a little something to remember the library by. My current favorite fabric gift to make is a little quilted square. I think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at The English Geek
This morning I woke up with the vague memory of a dream. Something about standing in a room with high ceilings and tall windows with God and my mother. Trying to tell them both something important, something that was also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at The English Geek