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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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[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
Last year, Kendell and I did 50 hikes together. I didn’t blog about them much because in my head I have the spark of a book idea that is growing out of those hikes, the changes they inspired, and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at The English Geek
I have often wondered, when I read historical fiction set during periods when my grandmothers were alive, what they thought about them. My grandmothers were born in 1910 and 1911, so they were young children during World War I and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at The English Geek
One of the post-holiday, survive-January traditions I’ve established is to scrap the previous December’s photos in the following January. (So…I scrapped December 2016’s Christmas stories in January of 2017.) But at the end of December 2017, my mom got really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at The English Geek
When I was a kid living my Jack Mormon life deep in the heart of Utah County, my mom had an on-going joke. Whenever anyone mentioned something about food storage (and living in Utah County in the 70s and 80s,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at The English Geek
A funny conversation I had with my sister-in-law has left me thinking. I was at Costco hoping to get the few things I hadn’t gotten in Friday’s insanity. I needed rice, flour, and tortillas and they had been entirely out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at The English Geek
(While I wrote this, I was reminded of a memory: sitting at the kitchen table in the house I grew up in, on a Saturday morning while Becky and I ate pancakes, and she was telling me about her dream.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at The English Geek
If you are pure of heart, a priest’s absolution means nothing, and neither does general opinion. If you know your heart is good and guiltless, you can grant yourself absolution. I believe the Virgin would say it so. If you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at The English Geek
Dear America: You break my heart. Since 2016, I confess: even though we’re all supposed to “go high” and to try to see both sides and to understand that different people have different ideas about what makes a good leader... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at The English Geek
Trying to be more proactive with my goals this year, I’m breaking things down by the month instead of thinking bigger. My word this year is “commit” and while I am not 100% there yet (nor will I probably ever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at The English Geek
My sister Becky and I were talking a few days ago about my job. She wondered if I ever just wander the library stacks, picking out books at random, just because I’m just there, all the time, at the library​.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at The English Geek
It’s been a really long time since I stayed up until the wee morning hours finishing a book. Like…I don’t even remember. All the Light We Cannot See maybe. This 40-something woman values her sleep. But I’ve recently hit a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at The English Geek
Hearts Like Crazy Paving Instructions FABRIC: hearts and inner borders: I bought 11 assorted fat quarters in purples and pinks. Some of these are Moda solids but most are subtle patterns that read as solids. I used two more purple... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at The English Geek
Where do ideas come from? In January I noticed that a lot of the quilters I follow on Instagram were participating in a “scrappy hearts quilt along.” (Click on the link to see the first post about the quilt along,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at The English Geek
Somehow we’ve developed a President’s Day tradition: we eat a local Chinese lunch buffet with Kaleb. We’ve done this for five years now; sometimes other kids have gone with us but it’s always Kaleb. He doesn’t eat anything but the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at The English Geek