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May.17.2013
The best parenting advice I ever received?  Okay, maybe not the best, but at least the most useful advice that I still recall was given to me by my obstetrician. I suppose I should back up a bit and explain the situation.  For the longest time, I thought I never wanted to have children...
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May.15.2013
Lest those who read any of my blogs think that all I do is read, (and yes, I do a fair amount of reading), Rob and I have continued with some more experiments (with plantings). At first, our crocus experiment seemed to be a success.  We planted crocuses throughout the front yard in the fall of...
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May.11.2013
A few observations and/or digressions first:    I have a pretty keen sense of smell (or at least, I used to).  So much so that one time I smelled a friend's aftershave or cologne, liked it very much, didn't ask him what it was, but then went to Lazarus (now Macy's) a few days later...
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May.07.2013
I am still working at keeping my New Year's resolutions.  Most of them concern reading more books and putting more steps on my pedometer.  The last resolution is that I hope to complete a needlepoint canvas of a swan swimming under a full moon.  Frankly, I didn't fare too well with...
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Apr.30.2013
Yes, you read that right...April 23, 2012! I now have obtained fourteen copies of a World Book Night title, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, that was never handed out a year ago.  They should have been, but for whatever reason, the book giver didn't follow through.  I am now going to...
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Apr.23.2013
World Book Night is today, or tonight depending upon where events are being held.  In the United Kingdom, I suspect that most of the books have been given out already.  In the United States, it is just ramping up for the night's giveaway of half a million books by 25,000 volunteers in 6,...
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Apr.17.2013
It is less than a week away...World Book Night, that is.  I have yet to pick up my twenty copies of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief, but will on the 22nd of April (the night before World Book Night).  I can't wait!  It's exciting to be able to give away books to the light and/or...
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Apr.11.2013
With the end of March (and the first quarter of 2013), this pedometer geek is still working on my New Year's resolutions.  For many, the common resolutions of diet and exercise have fallen by the wayside with the delivery of Girl Scout cookies.  Don't get me wrong; I am neither anti-Thin...
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Mar.28.2013
Since I tend to read several books at the same time, I often notice connections between my reads.  It can be little things (the same words or phrases (often unfamiliar to me), similarities in themes, or the same settings, etc.), but because of the oddity of them, they stand out. My latest...
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Mar.24.2013
Working for an independent press is, at times, a bit depressing.  Unlike other traditional presses, the authors really have to sell their novels because independent presses, especially the smaller ones, don't have the distribution network that the national ones (Simon & Schuster and...
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Mar.20.2013
With a little more than a month to go, World Book Night will soon be here, and the books will soon be on their way to the various people lucky enough to be chosen to give them away. I should be picking them up in a few weeks. I feel fortunate that, once again, I got my top choice of books.  I...
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Mar.13.2013
It is now March, and I carry on with my New Year's resolutions. I was more successful with some of my resolutions than others.  First, this pedometer geek, while still somewhat slacking, managed to increase my steps from not only December's dismal numbers, but also January's step counts....
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Mar.05.2013
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I always read the Author's Enabler column (written by Red Room's own green-eyed Sam Barry) in Book Page.  Last month's column included a reader's observation about the prevalence of characters with green eyes.  The reader remarked that she thought it was...
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Feb.21.2013
I received an email this morning that said that I had been selected to give out books on World Book Night in April.  To say the least, I was excited! I gave out twenty copies of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game last year and loved doing it.  I signed up again this year, but didn't know if...
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Feb.13.2013
New Year’s Resolutions often hold up through January for many people, but by February most resolutions have fallen by the wayside. On the other hand, I choose resolutions that I am motivated to keep.  In my case, my resolutions are centered on two things.  The first has to do with my...
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