Tearing Off Book Spines?

In early January, I visited Austin, Texas, for a national conference in my field. I had a few job interviews for assistant professor positions while there, and I ate a lot of good food. But today I wanted to pose this question: should you rip the spines off of books? I saw this in a... Continue Reading →

On My Bookshelf, No. 1

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 (today!), I had no idea what to put on that shelf.  I tried some leftover wedding flowers and random plants, but it didn't look good at all.  As I began... Continue Reading →

Why I’m Not a Craft Blogger

I tried to make my daughter curtains.  Out of a tablecloth.  That sounds simple enough, and I know how to sew, thanks to 4-H, but they turned out horribly. And it wasn’t exactly my fault. I sewed straight lines.  I measured correctly.  I even matched the thread. I did not, however, choose the right material... Continue Reading →

A Finished Room of My Own

One year ago today, I started this blog.  I did so at the urging of Michele Kort, senior editor at Ms. Magazine.  I had the privilege of speaking with her on the phone because a family member of mine happens to be Michele’s good friend.  Michele spoke with me on two separate occasions, looked over... Continue Reading →

Red, Black, and White Book Centerpieces

I recently had the opportunity to decorate a table at a church/neighborhood dinner.  I am not necessarily the master decorator, but I do enjoy making my own home nice and looking through glossy magazines.  So, at first I panicked when given this task.  Were my dishes too faded?  Did I have pretty enough goblets?  Would... Continue Reading →

Decorating with Books

I’m not an interior designer or a photographer, but here are some photos of how I decorate with books at my house.  Books best represent my personality, so I’ve come to collect them and showcase them in my home.  There was a time when they were all in boxes in our unfinished basement, but now... Continue Reading →

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