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Archive for May 2012

Home: A Moving Target

The last weeks have been packed full of surprises.  Unexpected knee surgery.  Selling our house to builders who will tear it down and build two where it used to stand, a not uncommon occurrence in Northern Virginia. Our offer accepted on a house in Florida, which, after making  plans and finding movers, had to be…

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Sunday Poetry: Honoring Soldiers at Arlington

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. Today’s poem, Memorial Day, by Dennis Caraher needs no explanation or introduction. Read it several times. Not only does the poem deserve that, it changes each time I read it and I feel…

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Congratulations to Brenda Novak and Scott Alexander

Just a reminder that the bidding’s going to end next week at Brenda Novak’s Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes.  I’m delighted to say my offering of all five of my quilt pattern books (autographed, of course), plus a copy of Sister’s Choice, and a $25 gift certificate for fabric at Connecting Threads, an…

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Lists: Can We Judge a Book By Its Cover Title?

If you read my blog regularly you’ll have noted by now that titles are crucial to me.  They are crucial to my publisher, too.  Unfortunately we don’t always agree about what’s crucial to sell a book and keep an author happy. I’ll confess that in hindsight I can see that some of my ideas have…

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Sunday Poetry: The Iron Solos and the Sirens

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. We’ll be moving mid-June.  First to our little cottage at Chautauqua Institution for the summer, then to. . . somewhere. The house hunting hasn’t gone well, but we’re strangely upbeat. Our material life…

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The Write Way: Every Writer Needs a Mind Palace

Watch Sherlock Season 2: Making a Modern Hound on PBS. See more from Masterpiece. Last night I watched the newest Sherlock Holmes on P’BS Masterpiece Mystery, an updated version of  The Hound of the Baskervilles.  I love this series.  Sherlock and Watson are a fabulously dysfunctional pair, Sherlock clearly suffering from Aspergers and Watson recovering from…

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Keepers and Giveaways: What’s On YOUR Bookshelf?

As my husband delivered yet another bag of books to the Arlington Library, the librarian came forward to thank him personally.  After all, even if nobody else gives the library gently read books for the next book sale, it will still be a success.  Singlehandedly we have donated hundreds of volumes, about nine out of…

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Sunday Poetry: For Once It Was His Own

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. It’s Mother’s Day in the US, but today’s poem highlights romantic love.  We’ve heard so much talk about love and marriage this week, but not the way we usually do in spring. Instead…

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Keeping Up with Pinterest

Nothing beats the internet when you’re recuperating.  I discovered this during the past week when I was largely immobile after surgery on my knee.  The iPad I’d  wondered if I’d ever really need proved to be a godsend.  I did mail, surfed and played Word with my family and my former assistant friend now living…

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Reasons to Smile: People Who Are Making a Difference

Right this very moment, my long-time friend the Reverend Scott Alexander, is bicycling through the range lands of Oklahoma on a trip from Pacific to Atlantic that has, so far, included grueling temperatures–both hot and cold–long ascents and descents over majestic mountains, raging thunderstorms, and distances of over a hundred miles a day. Who does…

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