Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thoughts on Acts I and II of The Winter’s Tale

It occurred to me the other day that I can’t remember the last time I read a Shakespeare play that I had never read before. There’s one exception – I did read As You Like It for the first time … Continue reading

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Beads and More Beads: A Holiday Fundraiser

Hi Friends, I have a fundraiser in the works this holiday season. I am selling beading and beadmaking kits. Each and every bead in these kits was handmade from recycled magazines and newspapers (see photos). Each kit comes with fishing … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

My short attention span for books continues, but today’s photo is of Camara Laye’s The Radiance of the King, which is really good but a little cringeworthy for all the racism and ignorance it showcases – in the first chapter at … Continue reading

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A Review of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train

This review will be brief – I read a library copy almost two months ago, and I did take a few notes but not enough for a detailed review. But that’s OK, since this book was extremely popular and I’m … Continue reading

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That Time I Made Hundreds of Beads and Photographed Them in the Evening Light (And Yes, Also Yarn Along)

Above you can see why I haven’t been knitting much lately. I needed to do a craft with second and third graders as part of a job interview, so I pulled out this old favorite. These beads are easy and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ann Patchett’s Taft (by Jill)

I have been an avid purchaser of Ann Patchett’s books for quite a while, but this is the first one I’ve actually read. According to my Goodreads account, my boss lent me this book back in the fall of 2012, … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I haven’t been doing much knitting lately. I do still care about this project, but I’ve been reading more than usual and also working on another craft – beadmaking – that sucks me into its web once a decade or … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows (by Bethany)

Well, I finished it – and yes, it was entertaining at times. Unlike Outlander and other series, the books in A Song of Ice and Fire don’t vary much from one another in quality or in general mood. All of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Edward St. Aubyn’s Lost for Words (by Jill)

Apparently Edward St. Aubyn is quite famous, but I had never heard of him until I got this book from my boss a few months ago. Lost for Words details the process of selecting the Elysian Prize, a major literary … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

When I took this photo yesterday, I was almost done with A Feast for Crows, and I was feeling the same ambivalence I’ve felt at the end of all of George R.R. Martin’s other books: so glad to be almost … Continue reading

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