A Little TBR Fun

I recently bought a 10.1″ Samsung Galaxy Tablet (fell in love with it immediately). One of the apps I bought was Paper Camera. It allows you to take pictures with several effects coded into the application. Earlier this week I piled up my most immediate TBR to see what I have coming ahead. At work […]

3, 2, 1 ~ Three Authors, Two Books, One Month

After listening to Townie, I knew the time had come to read Andre Dubus III’s novels. He’s written two: House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of the Last Days. Although I didn’t do it last year, I have taken the month of November to highlight authors in the past. November became the logical […]

Thoughts on My Reading ~ Columbine

Author’s Note: I wrote this quite a while ago when I was reading Columbine by Dave Cullen. I was very passionate about this entire book, but the Klebold family really took a hold of me. I am not sure exactly why I didn’t publish it at the time. Things got haywire toward the end of […]

My Mom and Robert Hicks

My parents came down for a visit this past weekend. They arrived on Thursday night and left Monday morning. We all enjoyed our time together. I must say that they wore me out. We certainly did a lot more than we would normally do. Since it’s a 12 hour drive from Grand Rapids to our […]

The SuperBowl Sunday Salon

Welcome to my first Sunday Salon on my new URL!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that you’re here with me.  Taking this live new site live has certainly been an adventure.  In many ways I wished that I had done this a year ago, but I wouldn’t have made the investment in […]

#136 ~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald Before the movie hype, I’d never heard of this short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I’m not necessarily sure that I knew that he wrote short stories.  With the exception of The Great Gatsby, which is one of my all-time favorite novels, I never studied […]

2009 ARC Reading Challenge

So Many Precious Books, So Little Time is sponsoring a reading challenge specifically for ARCs.  This is right up my ally since I’ve been trying to make my pile more manageable over the past couple of months. Here are the rules: 1. To sign up, leave a comment (here) and a direct link to your […]

We’re All Sick and/or Tired

Hello everyone.  I haven’t been very prolific in my blogging or my commenting this month because ever since Thanksgiving one or more of us have been sick.  Danny has been sick since Thanksgiving.  Allison has had a cold/congestion last week that kept Danny and I up a couple of hours a night for a few […]

#108 ~ Shrink Rap

Shrink Rap: An Irreverent Take on Child Psychiatry by Robin A. Altman, MD Shrink Rap is a book that tackles parenting and childhood issues with humor and compassion.  It’s written by Robin A. Altman, a wife and mother who uses her own person experiences to illustrate topics from those more common like childcare, school, travel, […]

Behind… My September Wrap-Up

My grandfather worked in tool and die.  When he retired, he had his machines in his shed.  One of the things he loved to make the most were cribbage and euchre boards.  He gave this lovely euchre board to me quite some time ago.  Although I’m not sure how to take that on a personal […]