Surest Signals of Springtime– Crocus cups and croaking frogs; daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms. Babbling brooks, bunnies, and a bevy of birds; creeping caterpillars and clumsy calves. Conflict of compulsions to copiously clean or marinate amid moss and mud.

It’s that time of year again, when nearly every American enthusiastically claims some fraction of Irish lineage. I’ve always believed myself to be of mostly Scottish (by way of Canada) and German descent, but sure as a shamrock this very week my aunt shared some genealogy papers clearly proving my grandmother’s grandmother’s grandfather hailed from Ireland, circa Read More →

This week’s official WTRW theme is monsters, but that’s not really our jam, and since we’ve no shortage of books in both our currently reading and to be read stacks, I’ll simply update with what we’re enjoying presently– lest the public library hunt me down, recover their property, and strip me of borrowing privileges. Aloud: Still presently Read More →

Warning! File this under the label: Topics Devoid of Even the Slightest Semblance of Eternal Significance, and brace your haughty eyes. I love the Oscars. With mere minutes until the ceremony begins, I thought I’d record my ‘pinions on this year’s award nominees. One of my besties likens it to her Super Bowl, and I couldn’t Read More →

As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve just returned from a little trek down the freeway to sunny California. Good golly, five persons in a Jeep for two thousand stinkin’ miles is no laughing matter. Despite the sass, stench, and squabbles on the road, we were grateful for an uproariously good time, connecting with Read More →

This week’s WTRW is a day late, because we’ve just returned from an extended literary field trip of sorts. Namely, a road trip to California wherein we once again visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. We were also thrilled by their immersive Jurassic Park ride, having also read those books just Read More →

Warning: Nostalgia alert! Do these glistening, golden spines transport you right back to your youth? Little Golden Books are a timeless fixture of many a childhood. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Saggy Baggy Elephant, counting books, baby animals, Bible tales, and my personal favorite —made legendary by Great Grandma Schafer— The Pokey Little Puppy. Read More →