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Day 25: Ogden Nash

Day 25: Ogden Nash

I admit it, I love silly poetry. And there’s hardly anyone who does it better than Ogden Nash. Rhythm and meter fly out the window, and he twists words at his own will to force them to rhyme. And yet, it’s so clever! But really, he has no better introduction than to show you one of his pieces. Here we have his “Common Cold” poem, one of his more orderly ones, and one of my personal favorites. Enjoy. “Go hang…

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Day 18: ESV Journaling Bible

Day 18: ESV Journaling Bible

I’ve never been a fan of writing in my books. I label them in pencil and don’t write notes in the margins. So it’s somewhat odd that I decided to try a journaling Bible, eh? At first I could hardly bring myself to write in it. What if I’d want the space later for something else? What if someone else read it? What if I messed up and made irreparable marks in it? Finally, I forced myself to just start…

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Day 12: How to Celebrate Everything

Day 12: How to Celebrate Everything

I first encountered Jenny through her blog, Dinner, a Love Story, and I was drawn in by the color and humor and her lovely writing style. Imagine my delight then, when I opened a present from Lyn and found her book inside. How to Celebrate Everything is just what the title implies, a guide to all the popular holidays, as well as many other occasions that deserve celebrating just because. For instance, check out her “Yay, It’s Wednesday Cake!” and see if that…

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Day 10: The Blue Castle

Day 10: The Blue Castle

You know how sometimes you come across a book that just warms the cockles of your heart and makes you wish you could crawl inside it and live there? Meet “The Blue Castle” by L.M. Montgomery. I was introduced to Montgomery a bit late in life, which perhaps makes my delight in her writing just that much greater, since I can appreciate its skill more now than as a kid. And of all my favorites of hers, I believe “The Blue…

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Day 5: He Was One of Us

Day 5: He Was One of Us

A friend of mine gave me this book one year for my birthday, and I have to say, it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Although it is laid out like a child’s book, and would probably appeal to children as well, it is rather more suited to an older readership. It tells the story of Jesus’ life and death, in the most beautiful poetry and illustrations. But let me show you, rather than tell…

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Day 2: Food Memoirs

Day 2: Food Memoirs

When we lived in Honduras, Melissa and I would spend hours perusing cookbooks and drooling over all the recipes we didn’t have the ingredients to make. And with the passing of years, my cookbook addiction turned to something even more interesting, a food memoir addiction. To the best of my understanding, a food memoir is a book which tells snippets of stories from a person’s life, around the theme of food. Memoirs differ from biographies in that they don’t follow…

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My Book Challenge for 2017

My Book Challenge for 2017

I’d never done a book challenge before, but decided to try one last year. And in the process, I discovered something about myself- I don’t like reading from someone else’s list. I take a more fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach to reading, apparently. But nevertheless, it was a good challenge to do, because I read a few things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I didn’t quite finish the challenge, which I like to blame entirely on having to plow through one of the longest…

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Book Review: War and Peace

Book Review: War and Peace

Or, as Tolstoy would say, Book Review: War and Peace, although it can’t really be a review because none of us know anything and everything is inevitable and none of us have any control over events, including writing book reviews, and also, I’m going to kill your favorite character. I decided eight years or so was long enough to leave this book languishing on my to-read list, and that it was time to give it the attention it deserved. Along…

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Classic Book Giveaway!

Classic Book Giveaway!

Update: The giveaway is closed, and we have a winner! Congratulations, Marylou, your bookshelf should be expanding shortly. Thank you all so much for your comments. I loved reading them all, and appreciate your participation. And to answer your questions, yes, you can certainly enter if you’re family, and yes, submissions from other countries are always quite welcome. Also, if you signed up for the emails, and didn’t see anything this morning, be sure to check your spam folder. Sometimes…

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Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Happy Saturday! So, what are you doing with your weekend? I’m going to help my mother attack the painting at the house my parents are remodeling. Also, I’m inordinately excited about the cooler weather predicted, and hope to take advantage of it in a park tomorrow. Picnics float my boat. Many of you all are new here, so I wanted to say welcome to the party. Drop a comment below telling me how you arrived here, and what you’d like…

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Book Review: Daddy-Long-Legs

Book Review: Daddy-Long-Legs

Ahhh. Introducing this book to you all feels like introducing you to my (secretly favorite) child. It’s one that I reread every year or so, when I want something light and relaxing and hilarious, and every time, it is just as fun as I remembered. Daddy-Long-Legs, by Jean Webster, is the story of Jerusha, a girl who had spent all eighteen years of her life in an orphanage, until one day, she was called into Mrs. Lippet’s office for an…

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End of Spring Giveaway

End of Spring Giveaway

Update: The lucky winner is Naomi. Congratulations! Thank you all so much for your entries. Hello pineapple comrades. This is a giveaway! But you already knew that. This is ostensibly to celebrate the summer solstice happening tomorrow, but mostly it’s to celebrate that you’ve stuck with me and read my ramblings and cheered me on this far. The winner will receive the book pictured above- a gift from my personal library. It’s a compilation from one of my favorite authors,…

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