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The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation Erika Swyler St. Martin’s Press Pub Date: Jun 23 2015 When reading an especially good book, sometimes I wonder if I’m under a spell: that the story won’t hold up to the joy of its wonderful … Continue reading

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Increase, Decrease

Increase, Decrease By Judith Durant Storey Publishing June 02, 2015 It’s difficult to find an instructional book for a knitter who is just beyond a beginner but well short of advanced, so I was delighted to find Increase, Decrease to be the … Continue reading

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‘Touch’ surprisingly touching, thrill-a-minute read

Touch by Claire North Published by Redhook Pub Date: February 24, 2015 Die a violent death and maybe you’ll become a strange immortal entity, able to take any body as your own, any life becomes your playground. Want to be … Continue reading

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Scalzi: Still a Legit Writer

Lock In by John Scalzi Published by Tor August 26, 2014 I was worried it would be difficult to objectively review a book by an author I admire beyond his fiction writing, but as soon as I opened John Scalzi’s … Continue reading

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer Published by Dutton September 30, 2014 How many heartbreaks can a reader endure in the span of one book? Meg Wolitzer apparently tries to find out in her beautiful new YA novel Belzhar, due in bookstores … Continue reading

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30 Things to do before turning 30

i’m writing a list to avoid writing a cover letter. The World Cup qualifying games remind me that I will be turning 30 during the final tournament next summer. While there are a bunch of things I’d hoped accomplish by … Continue reading

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Is the coffee on airplanes decaffeinated or just extremely weak? Part I

A few times year a blog or magazine article titled something like “Top Ten Things the Airlines Don’t Tell You!” circulates, claiming to reveal all the horrors that go on behind the scenes in modern air travel. As prices for … Continue reading

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How I felt the first time I went to Arizona

Dry heat is one thing, but I was also dehydrated, which is a horrible combination. Don’t hate on Arizona: Hydrate yourself. Via Chuckle-A-Duck

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Dang Random Acts of Kindness

…they make me all weepy. via Neatorama

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Nothing will prepare you for how cute my god daughter is

The band applauds their biggest (well, big for her age) fan.

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Something to Keep my eyes busy while I knit This is a livefeed of a drop of pitch expected to fall any day now. This is kind of exciting because pitch is a fluid that moves so slowly, there have … Continue reading

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A bad sign for any team Please excuse the pun in the title, but the Columbus Crew scoreboard caught fire. We can all agree that Ohio’s professional teams are cursed, right? I mean, where does this even fall on a … Continue reading

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Detroit MUST win tonight to make me happy

Call me selfish, but at least a few hours of my life will be significantly dampened if the Red Wings miss the playoffs for the first time I can remember. This is the one sport in which I’ve lived a charmed … Continue reading

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I can’t wait for Lance to do this

Charlie Davies went back and hugged all the people who helped save his life and made it possible for him to return to the soccer field:  Washington Post: Charlie Davies video

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Customer communication done right

I was pleased as pie to receive the following email from Better World Books: from:Better World Books help@betterworldbooks.com to:4ambooks@gmail.com date:Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 4:30 PM subject:Your order has been shipped! Hello Patricia, (Your book(s) asked to write you a … Continue reading

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BBC 100 Books to read

I’ve bolded books read, italicized books not completed. The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here: 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien … Continue reading

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Time to start running

I was a runner once. People who know this always expect me to be good at running. It isn’t the same as learning to whistle or tie your shoes, you can’t just go back to 6:45 mile splits after years … Continue reading

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USWNT 2011 Kit

This will only hurt a little… Don’t know if you noticed, but the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals began over the weekend. The US team has a great chance of advancing pretty far, which is a welcome reason to celebrate … Continue reading

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Cavities

Sugar-in-the-raw vs. white sugar came up at brunch today, so I decided to look into it. This was the most surprising sentence in the Wikipedia Sugar page:  …it is impossible to develop cavities in the absence of fermentable carbohydrates. Wow! … Continue reading

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Thursday Fun Post: Cheers!

Things to say while raising a glass: Cheers! I knew a few of them, but am always happy to learn more.

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