A Few Updates and My Favorite Posts

Hi everyone!  This is a quick note to make you aware of some additions and updates to my blog.  I have received a lot of new followers in the last few months thanks to Freshly Pressed, so I want to highlight a few of my favorite posts and make you aware of some new features.... Continue Reading →

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I’m Allergic to Babies: The Search for a Family Pet

Some of you may remember me mentioning that my daughter wanted a hamster.  She has been saving her money and working hard to earn it for the past three months.  She held a cupcake and lemonade sale, she cleaned bathrooms, she dusted blinds, and helped regularly with dishes and cleaning up toys.  She earned $80,... Continue Reading →

The Best Quotes from Middlemarch

This is the third and final installment of my thoughts for Middlemarch Week.  If you missed post one, A Preview of Middlemarch, click here.  If you missed post two, George Eliot on Marriage, Human Nature, Money, Politics, Religion, Feminism, and Gossip in Middlemarch, click here.  If you’re sick of Middlemarch (1874), which is number 20... Continue Reading →

How to (Properly) Compose an Email

Warning:  I wrote this in anger.  I had just received an email from a girl twelve years my junior who demanded things I could not give her and did not have any manners. Second Warning: I wrote this after reading The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Jean M. Twenge and W.... Continue Reading →

Nora Ephron’s Cheesecake Recipe

The talented Nora Ephron, born May 19, 1941, died yesterday (June 26, 2012) at the age of 71.  She is best known for her screenwriting of “Sleepless in Seattle” (which she also directed) and “When Harry Met Sally.”  She also wrote plays, essays, and novels.  I enjoyed reading her book of essays I Feel Bad... Continue Reading →

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