“[The library] was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be rules by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.” – Eco, Name […]

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an ode to baseball

When you watch someone love something long enough, it’s easy for you to start loving it too. Husband and I have spent over a third of our lives together. We dated through college, married soon after graduation, and are now in our fifth year of marriage. And one of the many wonderful things my relationship with […]

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the dog days are [not] over

Well there went my post-every-two-weeks-ish plan. With school looming on the horizon, it feels like the summer is over. I have to remind myself that we still have a month and a half left to swelter through. (Oh let’s be real. Alabama doesn’t cool down until Thanksgiving, and sometimes not even then.) So if I wasn’t […]

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summertime swelter

I used to hate the summer. Don’t judge me too harshly. When you live in a state whose climate is classified as humid subtropical, spending time outdoors can be mildly unpleasant. My childhood was an endless game of mom pushing me outside to play and me sneaking inside to read in the AC. It took years of living […]

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East of Eden

If the books of my life were sorted like a Barnes & Noble, Anna Karenina, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and East of Eden would be on their own shelf labeled “Gut-Wrenching Dark Family Sagas.” Anna Karenina has the passion and fierceness of Russian literature, Hundred Years has breathtaking, exotic magical realism, and East of Eden is…American. How did it end up on this shelf? True […]

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the dangerous business of naming your pets

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter / it isn’t just one of your holiday games… I love names. I love choosing and bestowing names. I’ve been thinking about my future children’s names for years, but I’ve always slapped names on pets with maybe a day’s consideration. It’s a pet. It’s a chance to go for those […]

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writing is a giddy thing

School’s out, I’m writing like a madwoman, and blogging is the last thing on my mind, but this post has been simmering for a while. It’s time to serve it up before it completely evaporates. Writing used to stress me out. I enjoyed it enough to keep going, but my type-A-eldest-child-perfectionist nature insisted on proofing as I wrote. One step forward, […]

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speaker tag woes

When a brilliant writer invites you inside his head, you don’t decline. In the Postscriptum to The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco illuminates the process behind the book’s creation, from choosing the time period and location to fretting over medieval language. Though I’d like to blog my way through each section, today I’m focusing on the bit about […]

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