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AmySorensen
nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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On one of the Facebook groups I belong to (it’s called Skirt Sports Women Who Move if you’re interested), we are doing some reset-your-life kind of exercises. Last week’s was to write a list of 50 things you love right... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Geek
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“Let that be a lesson to you: If you are too good and too quiet for too long, it will cost you. It will always cost you, in the end.” “Page riffling is an essential element in the process of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at The English Geek
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I realized as I wrote this list that I didn't finish a single book of poetry. I read poems and parts of poetry books but didn't finish any of them. I read almost all of Joy Harjo's American Sunrise but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at The English Geek
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I love how, on social media, so many people are using the end of the decade to look at how their lives have changed in ten years. Comparing changes over time is a thing I am fascinated by and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at The English Geek
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Your mother’s death influences you in ways you couldn’t ever anticipate. For me, one thing that impacted me after my mom passed away in January was the process of dealing with her fabric stash. My mom has always been a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at The English Geek
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‘Does a slag kiss boys? Because I have and I probably will again. But so have lots of you. You can call me a prude and you can call me a whore, but really you’re just calling me a girl.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at The English Geek
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Ten years ago, I was in a fabric store falling in love with a line of Mary Englebreit Christmas fabric. I made a quilt with it (the only quilt I’ve ever made with pre-cut fabrics) but I wanted to also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at The English Geek
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At my core I knew, and I’d known since I first suspected it was a possibility, that a baby was not right for me, not now. Every cell of my being rebelled against the idea. There was no question. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at The English Geek
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I’ve wanted to run a race on Thanksgiving for a long time, but it’s never felt like I could do it. Not the race itself, but working it in with the busyness of Thanksgiving morning, especially the past few years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at The English Geek
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Once I’d confessed to my own mother that I thought God was a woman, because who but a woman would care so much about the oceans and the plants and the animals, who but a woman could build a whole... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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If you look at all this water and distrust the olive leaf, you’re forgetting how little you know. You’re thinking yourself more than you are, and yet using that to belittle yourself and your life and the world . .... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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Rather than adore your shell, you sought the love of those who ridiculed you. This is a great tragedy. In the middle-grade reader Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly, Lalani lives on the island called Sanlagita, with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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The damage one man can do…The bitterness of the bruised ego, the cold-blooded wrath of a man scorned: the repercussions impossible to overstate. On can only hope that, as a culture, we have left such things behind, and yet— I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe. I mean the real universe. All those light years. All those worlds. I think of the scope of your universe, the opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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As I’ve firmly established on my blog by writing about it more than once, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Here’s why: Making the meal. It’s not only about the process itself, but about the traditional things I make just on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at The English Geek
I was waiting in line at Costco in my exercise clothes today— and before you think “oh, hell, what is wrong with you? wearing your exercise clothes everywhere?” (and by “you” I mean, sure, whomever is reading this, but also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at The English Geek
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Today I was looking for a blog post I thought I'd written with instructions for making a rag quilt (I either never wrote it or my blog is hiding it from me), and I came across THIS POST I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at The English Geek
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Outlaw women are fascinating—not always for their behavior, but because historically women are seen as naturally disruptive and their status is an illegal one from birth if it is not under the rule of men...In Sula I wanted to explore... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at The English Geek
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There is a feeling that has no name because, really, it is such an absence that it exists only in a vacuum of feeling and so, really, can have no name. It sucks you inside out and places you in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at The English Geek
Yesterday I stood in a long line at my local bakery, because I was craving sugar cookies and if I just buy a dozen at the bakery, I don't bake three or four dozen myself, spend hours frosting them, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at The English Geek
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On June 21 I set out to accomplish a goal: MOVE EVERY DAY between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. To make sure I didn't miss the very first workout of my streak, I did this hike after work.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at The English Geek
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"To join with others to shape a future is the holiest act." "Part of how they make you obey is by making obedience seem peaceful, while resistance is violence. But really, either choice is about violence, one way or another."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The English Geek
“Can you see if you have this book?” a patron asked me one night last week. Obviously I get asked that question often, but this interaction is lingering in my memory. “Sure,” I said. “What are you looking for?” She... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at The English Geek
Today is September 10th. No, wait: Today is September 10th. Autumn, as I've long established, is my favorite season. The cooling air, the trees taking up their colors, the slant of the light: while I also love spring, autumn is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at The English Geek
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When I was a kid, I lived within two or three miles of my cousins (on my dad’s side), but we only saw each other once a year: at Christmas. Until I was 9 or 10, we went to my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at The English Geek