Quotes on Babies, Unicorns, Smart Women

A lot of people are saying a lot of cool stuff, and I decided, because I am a daughter of a man who had Alzheimer’s, to jot them down before they disappear from my brain cells. Some are from favorite … Continue reading

Book Club #1: Why We Love Precocious Child Characters

The Book Club Series is an informal chat about what we love about books, movies, and television shows. Join the discussion. I’d love to hear from you. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, amateur detective and ardent chemist, is the precocious star … Continue reading

Instead of Banning Books . . .

As Isabel Allende‘s The House of the Spirits haunted book banners in North Carolina and drew the fire of Fox News, I waited for Jon Stewart’s Daily Show writers to come up with their usual slap down of Fox. I … Continue reading

Babies & Baseball: Do They Really Mix?

It’s Sunday in August, and the stands at Target Field are rocking with babies. Babies of all sizes and all decibels. I find it hard to believe that any of these little ones care if the Minnesota Twins pull themselves … Continue reading

Christmas Shopping by Twilight

After several excruciating hours navigating the mass mileage of the Mall of America, I lug my Christmas bags home, plop down in a chair, and realize with sadness: I don’t know how to do it right anymore. Christmas shopping, that … Continue reading

Book of Mercy Finalist in Midwest Book Awards

Book of Mercy was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Midwest Book Awards, which were announced on May 9 in Bloomington, MN. Is this a big deal? I interviewed Antigone Brown, the main character in Book of Mercy, about her view of … Continue reading

You Say Taxes; I Say Coconuts

I used to hate taxes. It’s true. Every year around tax time, I would search the real estate ads in The New York Times for a small, used island: “Fixer upper. All you need is a well, a small power … Continue reading

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