Category Archives: Books

Do your kids read?

I learned to read at a very young age. I taught myself to read, by first memorizing the books that my mother read to me, then learning to read the print that went along with the words, and then making … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pirate Queen – A Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner. I won! I won! I was so excited, I could hardly contain myself. Not just one, but two copies of a book called The Pirate Queen. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Book review: The Housekeeper and the Professor

My son (known around here as Pumpkin) went to the local bookstore and told them, my mom’s birthday is coming up, she likes to read, do you have any suggestions? Rather enterprising, don’t you think?

Let me tell you about the book he gave me: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.

The Professor has a unique problem. He is unable to make new memories. His memory stops in 1975. As a result of a car accident, he can recall the distant past but his recent memory lasts only 80 minutes. He is a brilliant mathematician, but each day he has to re-learn what he learned the day before. Although it sounds sad, I did not find it depressing. In a way it’s a love story, though not in the traditional sense, about the meaning of family and living in the moment. Continue reading

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Swimming. It sure makes a hot day more fun!

Monkey and I had planned to go to a water park yesterday, but unfortunately I just wasn’t feeling up to it. I hope we’ll find another day this summer to go instead. Do all kids love water parks as much … Continue reading

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A Day at the Lake

Today was a rare day. A weekday with the kids, no work, no school, no camp, no plans! So we packed some lunch and went to the lake. This morning I was debating whether or not to go. I was … Continue reading

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