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sandra-f-carrington-smith's picture
Mar.22.2010
“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” ~ Proverb of origin unknown   Although this wise, old proverb hints at the fact that we shouldn’t judge a gift by its monetary value, a few days ago I couldn’t help but come up with a slightly different interpretation for it.   A week ago, I woke up to a...
sandra-f-carrington-smith's picture
Jan.28.2010
Yesterday afternoon, my daughter and I watched “Barbie’s Diaries” together. In the story, Barbie, a teenager, dreams of being part of the popular crowd, but neither her beauty, nor her many talents, seem enough to buy her a ticket in.   She gets a glimpse of celebrity life when she briefly dates...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Dec.30.2009
January: Hubbie had a difficult time locating it but you would have to have a keen eye to spot it because after all it is tiny. There, I pointed, look, I said, it's so beautiful. A simple snowdrop had emerged. February: ...and I say only a thank you for my family, for the way we sit at the table...
jm-cornwell's picture
Dec.25.2009
Every year Mom says she doesn't want a gift and every year my siblings and I go together to get her a gift. Last year it was the entire Forever Knight collection and this year it was Tour of Duty. Mom called yesterday to wish me a merry Christmas and say thank you for the gift. I reminded her that...
kathleen-valentine's picture
Dec.24.2009
Growing up in Pennsylvania I always looked forward to Christmas. We usually had a good deal of snow and, because I come from such a large family, there was always a lot of activity. The neighborhood I lived in was rural and there were lots of kids and we took Christmas seriously, especially...
rebecca-brown's picture
Dec.23.2009
When I was a tadpole in London, England there was no one particularly favorite Xmas, although there was a very sad & drab one the year my Daddy died. Xmas was, as my English mistress said (hush now, back in the '50s that was how we called our teachers!), an acceptable form cuz when handwritten...
mylene-dressler's picture
Dec.22.2009
Lisa and I met as we landed at Salt Lake City airport. We hit the ground with a jolt. A moment before we'd been flying through whiteness, and from my window seat I had seen . . . nothing. No depth. No space. No sky. No ground. It was as if we were buried. Or else suspended. And then all at once,...
tania-hershman's picture
Dec.07.2009
Ok, here is the hard-nosed self-promotional author side of me coming out! If you have a gap in your Christmas/Chanukah/Divali/Yule present list and you're looking to buy something for someone who loves books, how about a Salt Bundle? My book is part of the "Contemporary Student" bundle,...
sal-glynn's picture
Dec.02.2009
(NOTE: This holiday season, forget friends and relatives and buy presents only for you. They can take care of themselves, at least those that still have a job. Books are the best presents: saucy and tame books, silly and serious books, useful and useless books, and scary and placid books. Go to www...
dale-estey's picture
Nov.23.2009
We asked Penguin Group authors to tell us which books they are giving, and which books they'd most like to receive this holiday season. Our inboxes were immediately flooded with emails about books they can't wait to share with their loved ones—books for all ages, new and old, from publishers...