Sampling Rose Wilder Lane

Weeks ago, I wrote about my experience in visiting famed author of the Little House books Laura Ingalls Wilder’s house in Mansfield, Missouri. I had read her newly released autobiography before taking this… Continue reading

Remembering a WWII Veteran from My Family Tree

My great uncle James Kelton January died in the Pacific theater of World War II. I discovered this by accident while doing family history work, which I love.  Modern technology has made it… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 8

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time. Broken for You (2005) by Stephanie Kallos The… Continue reading

Girlhood Memories from Mary McCarthy

I loved this book! I absolutely loved it. Yes, it was a collection of essays about author Mary McCarthy’s childhood that at times were written intellectually, but it had the charm and flourish… Continue reading

Danger and Diversity: The Egypt Game

A year or so ago, my awesome sister Afton gave my oldest daughter some books for her birthday. One of them was a copy of The Egypt Game (1967) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 7

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time. In Our Time (1925) by Ernest Hemingway The… Continue reading

Still Emily?

I have lately noticed more lines around my eyes and wrinkles in my forehead, and this semester, not one of my students ventured to ask me how old I was, like they used… Continue reading

Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins for the First Time

I’ve just read Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) by Scott O’Dell for the first time. What a delightful, wonderful book. I’m somewhat disappointed that I didn’t have the experience of reading it… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 6

I have what builders call a “plant shelf” in my master bedroom.  When my husband and I first moved into our home thirteen years ago, I had no idea what to put on… Continue reading

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

I’ve frequently mentioned Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn here on my blog, but I haven’t ever given it a thorough… Continue reading