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“Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney

Tim and I’ve been together for twenty-six years and I go back and forth on who has to put up with more. The past few days, it’s definitely been Tim. I handle some challenges in life with more grace than others, and sometimes I get a little sloppy and forget that whole “never complain, never […]


Harry Potter Christmas Countdown: Week Four

Day 22: Harry Potter Bookmarks (And a book!)
Since moving to the island two years ago, we needed to come up with new traditions of our own. One of the traditions we adopted is the Icelandic ritual of giving books and chocolate on Christmas Eve. But you could give out books a couple days early. Especially […]


Best Book Dedication Ever

(From P. G. Wodehouse’s 1957 autobiography, Over Seventy)


Sign Advice and Revision Avoidance

We live on the south end of Bainbridge, so to reach town or school or the ferry, we take a road that winds its way up and down through thickly wooded hills and along the western edge of Eagle Harbor. Nestled between the road and the harbor is the Green Light Garage. And in their […]


Books! What We’re Reading

I finally finished the first post-writing read-through of my manuscript (the one I wrote last November, for heaven’s sake) and my reward is I get to write a blog post! We haven’t talked about books for a while, so I thought I’d share what we’re reading around here and ask if you have any recommendations—for […]


10 Fun Ways to Connect with Books

When I worked full-time as an editor for EMC Publishing’s literature and language arts series, one of my favorite tasks was coming up with activities to connect students to the texts in our books. The idea behind these activities was to make the novels, plays, stories, poems, essays, and even grammar lessons accessible to kids […]


Chinese New Year: Ruby’s Wish

With the festivities starting in a little more than two weeks, I wanted to share our favorite Chinese New Year book with you. Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim Bridges, is the story of young girl living in China in the early 1900s, whose greatest wish is to attend a university. I don’t want to give […]


What Are You Reading?

Have you ever been at a coffee shop or in a waiting room and you see someone reading a book and the cover looks interesting and you have to try really hard not to try to figure out what the book is? Because, of course, you don’t want to be nosy.
I’m thinking about this today […]


The Saturday Morning Book Club + Reading List

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Last week we had a great conversation about “comforting clothes.” Well. On the third Saturday of every month I get to go to book club, which is like slipping into the most comfortably well-worn sweater you can imagine.
No one remembers exactly when our first meeting was, but we do know it was at least […]


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Our current fourth grader, who is definitely something.
We finished The Mark of Athena (finally!—it went on forever) and are on to Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. This is in honor of our own fourth grader, Will. We’ve read the book twice already (for Andrew and Lexie) and their teachers read it to them […]


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