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A Bookstore!

I’m so excited that a new Barnes & Noble bookstore is opening up across from my office tomorrow! I’ve been saving the gift card I got at Christmas for this moment and I know exactly what book I’m going to buy. We haven’t had any bookstores that primarily sell new books in this area since Barnes […]

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Creative Cursing

If you’ve read Book 2 in the SSU series, Betrayal, you probably remember that Susana used some unusual curses when she lost her temper. Having a character use curses that could be said in front of young children was triggered by me trying not to swear in front of my nieces. My curses, such as “Son […]

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I’m Cerebrating!

​Cerebrating. That’s a pretty fancy sounding word, isn’t it? Since it’s similar to cerebrum, you’ve probably guessed that it means to think. I didn’t even know this word existed until a few weeks ago when it appeared as the Word of the Day on my Merriam-Webster app. But I loved the sound of it. I sure wish […]

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Long Live the Lemonade Stand!

Last weekend I went for a walk on a nearby paved trail. When I arrived at the start of the trail, I was surprised to see that a boy had set up a table and was selling both lemonade and fresh eggs. His mother sat on a nearby bench. He’d set up his stand across the […]

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Remembering Notre Dame

I was saddened to wake up this morning and hear that Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France had been gutted by a fire. The French people interviewed in the news story all referred to the cathedral as “she” and that fits my memories. She was a stately, reassuring presence. As with many buildings built long ago, […]

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Accidentally International

We like to have music playing in the background at my office. However, with five people sharing one room, it can sometimes be difficult to find music that doesn’t annoy one of us or that we haven’t heard repeatedly over the week. Last week, one of my colleagues told Alexa to play an easy listening radio […]

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Old Books

Lately, I’ve been rereading books by Mary Stewart. Many of the hardbacks I have are from the 1950s and 1960s and are getting a bit fragile. This is how my copy of Nine Coaches Waiting looked after I pulled the drooping binding together.I ended up having to tape the spine to the back cover to make […]

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The Alarmed Office

This sign is on the door to the office I work at:Every time I see it, I wonder what’s happened to make our office so nervous. LOL I think that we should put a photo of Edward Munch’s The Scream on the door instead. Or at least an emoji version:Or, for days that aren’t as alarming, […]

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