Poetry Club July 2020

Who would have guessed that our lives would be stuck in this holding pattern? I think back to our last “in person” meeting, and how we planned to go to Berkeley on the train for a field trip to the walk of poetry. I have to maintain my hope that it will happen one day. […]

Words that Roll off Your Tongue

Some time back, during a long drive, I started talking to myself out loud. I listed words I though were fun to say…you know, they kind of roll off your tongue or make you laugh. I wanted to see what other folks enjoyed saying so I asked….Here is the list: Robin: plethora Tiffany: Banana, onomatopoeia, […]

Book Reviews June 2020

Dream When You’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg. I am a long time fan of Berg, but this one failed to impress me. I had to keep looking up when it was written (2007) because the way that women were portrayed bothered me. The story takes place at the end of WWII, with three sisters […]

Poetry Club June 2020

We met via ZOOM, which has been a great source of human contact in these continued days of isolation! Kathy started us off with three poems. She wanted to share fun poems, in an effort to provide some relief from all the news of a troubled world. The first was “Ars Poetica” by Archibald MacLeish, […]

More May Book Reviews 2020

So….the Pause is a time to read more books. AND without a lot going on in my life it’s harder to think of things to wax on about. Here are some more books. The Old Success by Martha Grimes. I like her Richard Jury mysteries but this one wasn’t my favorite. The first few chapter […]

Interview with Karen Hugg

One of the things I am really missing during our Shelter-In-Place is the library. Sure, I can listen to audio books and download books onto my devices, but I continue to love real, paper, in-my-hands books. When Karen Hugg reached out with a request that I review her book “The Forgetting Flower” AND offered to […]

Making Masks

When the public opinion turned and many of us felt that yes, in fact, should be wearing masks, I jumped on the wagon to make and donate masks. Initially I tried out a variety of patterns, then settled on the one I thought most comfortable. I put the word out that I would make masks […]

Poetry Club May 2020

Our second Zoom meeting was complete with a second set of technical difficulties….different from the first, but of course. Still, I do love seeing all my friends faces once more. Cindy started us off with ”The Student” by Dorianne Laux. Cindy wanted to find a Pulitzer Prize winner, but she wasn’t overly impressed with this […]

May 2020 Book Reviews

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung. So, those of you who follow these reviews know by now I’m not a fan of memoir. I almost gave up on this novel because it reads like a memoir….telling instead of showing. This is the story of a woman mathematician and I was dragged through the details of […]

Interview with Author Dan Gutman

I am back in the saddle working on a series I started years ago…targeting social skills for fourth and fifth grade students. As a result of that I am reading every recommended book for that age group. I lucked upon the work of Dan Gutman, as his “The Homework Machine” appears on multiple lists of […]