February 23, 2020

Kate Racculia.  Like, a raccoon.  Named Julia.  I wonder if Ms. Racculia says something like this every time she's asked to repeat or spell her last name.  Does she ever sigh and murmur, "Just read my books"?

Years ago I read her second novel, The Bellweather Rhapsody, and I loved it.  Imagine hundreds of band, orchestra and choir students all converging onto one hotel for an annual high school musica...

December 21, 2019

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  I hope you all get some quiet time this season to rest, reflect and enjoy.  For me, that rest and reflection time begins when school ends.  Santa Claus came to my preschool first thing in the morning this year.  And so did all the mommies.  And when they left 45 minutes later, and my wee preschoolers realized that they still had a whole day at school and were not leaving with said mo...

June 26, 2019

Summer, glorious summer, how I have longed for you.  My summer ode is a bit late due to my working a preschool summer camp, but I have arrived, at long last.

So, we all approach summer reading a little differently.  My friend, Mari, who teaches middle school English, does not read at all during the summer.  She has been reading essays on The Outsiders all year long and could do with a break, thank you very much...

March 21, 2019

This month I'm reviewing Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover.   Y'all, this book is intense.

I'm sure many of you have heard of this book, or heard Tara Westover being interviewed on the radio.  But if you haven't, here it is in a blurb:

Tara Westover grew up on a mountain in Idaho.  Her father didn't believe in modern medicine, which is why Tara and most of her siblings were born at home and, thus, have no birt...

February 8, 2019

So, I thought I would once again do a Shopping-Fast for the month of January.  I did NOT, however,  give up desserts this time because I saw no reason to be completely uncivilized.

What to do when one is not spending money?  Visit the library!

Oh!  See that silver travel mug?  I got it at Starbucks (in December!!!) so that I could get FREE hot tea lattes for the entire month of January!  I'm pretty sure my...

January 2, 2019

My friend, Jenni, used to say that whatever you do on New Year's Day sets the tone for your whole year.  One New Year's Day, she binge watched 24, and we wondered what this meant for her new year; perhaps she would pack a lot of action into every hour, watch someone named Kim make a lot of questionable choices, and her heart would race the entire time.

But her saying always made me thoughtful about ho...

October 18, 2018

Hello, Dear Readers!  Vim here.  As you all know, Bustle and I love to read, and to share our recommendations with YOU.  And as is so often the case with us, we are very different in some ways, and remarkably of the same mind in others.  For instance, I tend to read a lot of fantasy and science fiction.  Bustle reads a lot of spirituality and self-help.  But the Venn diagram of where we meet is clear: Victorian Lad...

August 21, 2018

I have exactly 48 hours till my work resumes.  48 hours of summer vacation left.  And what am I going to do today?  That's right.  You guessed it, Gentle Readers, because you know me so well.  HEB and Costco!  Because, why shop at one grocery store when you can go to two?

The thing is, I can't remember all that I have to buy at the Costco.  Which is a real shame because my husband even made...

July 3, 2018

Summer, glorious Summer, it's like you've just arrived, and you're practically over already.  

In late May, the three months of summer stretch out before me like a shimmering I-10, just going and going, with promises of Buck-ees.  I'll see all my friends, clean out my closet, start that knitted blanket I promised Younger.  And now it's July.  I've seen a couple of pals, my closet looks exactly the same, and it'...

May 19, 2018

My new manicure has been compromised.

My fingertips are burned and sore.

And I'm tired.

What have I been doing?  I'll give you three guesses.  Have I been...

a) teaching my preschoolers Fun With Bonfires and then rescuing the tiny tots from fiery skirmishes?

b) polishing my silver tea set for Meghan and Harry's wedding with an essential oil that the hippie mama from Arkansas assured me was all natural, but turned o...

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