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2021 Reading Re-Cap: Making the Best of an Unreal World

We went from “two weeks to flatten the curve” to two years of hiding behind our doors and masks. Regardless of your pov on that long, strange, trip we can probably all agree that things have felt somewhat…unreal. Reading fiction … Continue reading

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2021 Reading Re-Cap: Pretty Good for Middling

Not every book can be a favorite. After all, there are a lot of books in this world. Looking back over last year’s fiction reads, though, even the middling ones had their merits: Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 By … Continue reading

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2021 Reading Re-cap: the 7 books I couldn’t love.

No one will be more surprised than me that in a reading year filled with classics, best-sellers and prize winners, I managed to scorn seven of them. Clearly the fault is my own, so it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read … Continue reading

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2021 Reading Recap: In the Beginning…

Gotta start somewhere, I thought. It was the end of 2020 and I felt a malaise coming on. No, it wasn’t COVID, although perhaps it was COVID-induced. I had no fever but I was beginning to feel heated; I just … Continue reading

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I’m all booked for 2022. How about you?

With yet another COVID surge raging, here we are, all hunkered down again. Ugh. There’s nothing to do! Yet I’ve never been busier, because instead of panicking over how many shopping days there are until Christmas, I’m contemplating the delicious … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Top Ten

If you look back at 2020 as a total loss, you just didn’t spend enough time reading. For me, at least, books were the saving grace of a year of living fearfully. Books were a refuge and an escape, so … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Lighten Up!

“Wow that year sure flew by” …said absolutely no one about 2020. Yet, somehow there were still more books than time. For the first time ever, I managed to fail my reading goal which makes absolutely no sense given that … Continue reading

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Canceling Culture.

Whew! We’ve finally boot-kicked 2020 to where it belongs – the rear view mirror. Everyone’s circumstances were different, and thus, one’s means of coping varied – (bourbon, anyone?) My personal long distance memory of it might eventually be summed up … Continue reading

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2019 Reading Recap: Behaving Badly

There are so many reasons to read; distraction is one, edification another. And then there is the sheer joy of schadenfreude. Strictly defined as pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune, in reading it is this and more. Because … Continue reading

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Owl be reading.

Anomalous as it may seem, winter is upon us in Southern California (hey, we’ve got lows in the 40’s this week!). Because the owls are back, and that means, definitively, winter. We’ve heard a pair hooting softly back and forth … Continue reading

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