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Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson I lost a good hour to two of sleep in order to finish this book in a timely fashion.  Was it worth the lost sleep?  As I sit … Continue reading

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Baby Talk

The concept of the movie Baby Geniuses always bothered me, with the idea that children had some kind of telepathic communication that was lost when verbalization began.  Rather than seeing talking as a step back from some sort of idealized … Continue reading

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Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Path To The Spiders’ Nests

The Path To The Spiders’ Nests, by Italo Calvino It makes sense that Italo Calvino wrote this book early in his writing career, as it has the sex and violence that one would expect from someone who was an immature … Continue reading

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On The Development Of A Personal Writing Style

As a longtime writer, it is difficult to ponder when and where it was that I acquired my personal style as a writer.  My earliest writing is shrouded in the mist of my early childhood.  By the time I was … Continue reading

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A Man Who Things Happen To

One of the most notable aspects of Isaac is that he is a man who things happen to.  There are some people in scripture who are best known for what they do.  We imagine Moses holding his staff over the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Juvenilia Of Jane Austen And Charlotte Brontë

The Juvenilia Of Jane Austen And Charlotte Brontë, by Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë Given the fame of Jane Austen’s writings as well as Jane Eyre, it is little surprise that the childhood works of the authors (hereafter abbreviated as … Continue reading

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Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

For some people, the title of this particular entry may seem as a bit of a joke.  How can you be ready for kindergarten?  When I was growing up, I had no preschool or head start of any kind and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Driving In The Dark

Driving In The Dark:  A Childhood Memoir, by Zoe Niklas with Janice Harper For various personal reasons, I happen to be both a reader [1] and a writer [2] in the popular genre of literature known as “memoirs of crappy … Continue reading

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Book Review: It Didn’t Start With You

It Didn’t Start With You:  How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are And How To End The Cycle, by Mark Wolynn I think I would have liked this book a lot more had the author been more interested in … Continue reading

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