If Anne Lamott Were My Godmother


Literology

In the parallel universe where there exists a Catholic me with a godmother, I call Anne Lamott. Whenever I finish an Anne Lamott book, I feel like our tin-can telephone string has just been pulled taut again, and our houses, never more than yards apart, are somehow dually warmed, root to rafter, by just our […]

January 18, 2015

Last Call for Summer Reading!


The Little Literati

In June I challenged readers to take part in The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge, and I was overwhelmed by the response. From Jacksonville, Florida, to Missoula, Montana, Little Literati picked their books and started off on their separate reading adventures! My littles were included in this challenge (although they’ll be going prizeless; my being […]

July 25, 2014

The Little Literati Summer Reading Challenge


The Little Literati

Get your readers ready! The Little Literati in my house are challenging The Little Literati in your house to some summer reading with a scavenger-hunt twist! Find and read ten books that fit the descriptions below, and keep track of your progress. When you complete the challenge, email your name, mailing address, and list of […]

June 13, 2014

Meeting Anna Banks


The Little Literati

            Thanks to our dear friend Autumn and the magic of social media, Daina and I learned that one of her all-time favorite authors, Anna Banks, was at Books-a-Million, ten short minutes away, signing books tonight. Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series is one of Daina’s obsessions, so we had to scoot […]

May 12, 2014

Education and the Cost of Being Weird


Priceology

             So the word on the street is that the Prices are a little weird. Perhaps folks have always thought that about us—certainly, they’ve always thought it about me, and they should; I am a little weird. But when they started saying it about my family, I wasn’t quite sure […]

February 25, 2014

What You Do When Everything Is Fine


Literology

I have wondered more than once whether, if a bank teller drew on my hands with one of those counterfeit bill detector markers and forced them under the light for examination, I’d have tells like those of a fake twenty. The word fraudcrosses my mind sometimes as I work stage right and stage left in […]

January 7, 2014

Open Mouths and Open Mics


The Little Literati

All that business about April being the cruelest month is true. (Eliot was right. Go figure.) I will add, however, that October and November can be incredibly hard on writers, too. Fall brings promises I cannot keep: a poem a day in October and a whole novel in November (visit NaNoWriMo.org for information about other […]

November 15, 2013

We Give Books


The Little Literati

One of my favorite websites is WeGiveBooks.org. The site provides free access to children’s picture books online, and for every book you finish reading on the site, the organization gives one print book to a charity that promotes literacy.    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz4gD_nq4iI]The site offers a mix of digital copies of classics and newer books you can […]

September 19, 2013