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Book Review: Know and Tell by Karen Glass

  Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass My rating: 4 of 5 stars Super helpful introduction to narration and how it can lead naturally into composition. We’ve always done narration in one form or another but had gotten stuck in written narration and not transitioning well to more formal writing. Chapter…

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Book Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first read The Scarlet Letter as a Junior in high school: American Lit. No one had previously bothered to tell me that classics endure because they are so readable and have something to say that is worth listening to, so I procrastinated…

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Book Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed listening to this. The reader was very good. The text was enthusiastic and interesting. The production was generally well done (but occasionally annoying – music from nowhere and a reminder that this was…

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Book Review: World War One by Norman Stone

World War One: A Short History by Norman Stone My rating: 3 of 5 stars I finished this as part of my Schole Sisters 5×5 challenge topic of World War I. There are absolutely flashes of brilliance in this book, including the entire final chapter “Aftermath.” I think part of my problem with this book…

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Book Review: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is one that will stay with me. It defies the descriptors – beautiful, yes, but spare; evocative, yes, but universal; finely wrought, yes, but poured out in one extended cry for justice. Paton weaves together parallel lives; an odyssey or…

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Review: Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver I finished this today. I understand that these are Oliver’s personal selections for anthology from a lifetime of writing poetry. Presented in reverse chronological order (newer poems first), I definitely preferred the newer, beginning poems to the older ones at the end. In fact, my…

Fighting Gravity
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Fighting Gravity

 We don’t actually have a lot of real hills in Central Ohio.  I took an hour long walk in the neighborhood this morning and Strava tells me I had a 39 foot elevation gain. The local state park where we do most of our hiking has slightly more varied terrain. It’s around a reservoir and…

Reversing Course for New Perspective
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Reversing Course for New Perspective

Most of the trails we follow are “in and out.” We walk in, there may be a loop, but then we follow the initial trail back out. It isn’t unusual that we follow the trail in and then turn around and follow the same back out.  Have you ever read a book that was ……

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Review: I’d Rather Be Reading

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel My rating: 4 of 5 stars Truly this is a 3.5-3.75 star. I did enjoy this read. I laughed often, I felt a kinship often. Anne talks of the idea of the reader and how the reader lives her life;…