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Gradually, then Suddenly Everything Changes

The traffic slow down, the rubber band of cars moving slower and slower, and then the final slam on the breaks. Everything halts.

Or waiting at the car dealer is first gradual, no problem, the ebbs and flows of excitement and anxiety swirling as one, and then energy suddenly gone.

Too much and then deal done. Finally.

Is this the way continents move? Or how the sun will eventually extinguish itself? 

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Summer Reading 2017 (Yay!)

IMG_0814.JPGThe pile of summer reads is here! I have been curating and choosing what I want to read for the last month or so, and now it is ready! This is just in time since I take vacation next week. Curl up. Lay out. Drink a summer beverage (most likely iced coffee). Read. Repeat.  I am looking forward to my self-education on Futurism. Thank you, Jane McGonigal, for sharing your syllabus online. I’m going to do my own research since I can’t make it to Stanford to take your class this summer! I have bought all the required reading. Can’t wait!

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Summer Reading 2016– A year gone by


As I sit and write this I cannot really believe that we have been housesitting for a year.  It has been a journey, to say the least.  We have been comfortable here, and there were some difficult moments (like the cat dying on our watch!), but all in all it has taught us to live in the now, and make the best of (whatever) time you are given.  Each moment is an infinity.

And as time has passed, it is yet time again for the annual summer reading book list!  It is late in posting, but I have been voraciously reading since (before) summer began.  You can thank the musical Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda for that!  And as usual, my taste runs eclectic.  Some fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and work-related readings litter the floor. My kindle is full of all sorts of reads, and (of course) I am also reading the really readable Ron Chernow biography of Hamilton as well.  However, my ancient history roots still show since I (finally) bought Kara Cooney‘s The Woman Who Would Be King study of Hatshepsut.

Read on, my friends!  #readingsaveslives


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Summer of Reading (2014)


Here it is folks, the annual “what I am reading” post.  It is a summer of reading to be sure, and I am always excited to figure out what I am most in the mood for.  I am habitual like most of us humans, so I have a pattern to my reading habits.  As soon as the school year comes to a close you can always find me reading the latest Historical (Regency) Romance from a favorite author of mine (Gaelen Foley).  This is my comfort food, and like comfort food, it is predictable and simple.  It is a great way to decompress from all the work-stress that has built up over the school year.  But after that, anything goes.  I’ll read just about anything that moves me.  Missing this year from the collection I have put together (see above) is poetry (!)…If any readers out there have some excellent recommendations, please do share.  YA works are figuring prominently this summer (Wonder, Ninja Librarians, Curses & Smoke).  But my favorite to represent is my friend’s just released memoir, Excavation.  Go out and buy this must-read book.  I warn you, though, it is not for the faint of heart.

If you are interested in a book oracle (of sorts) and are looking for something to read try this:  What Should I Read Next.  It works by you typing in a book you read recently and then it lists others that might be like it.  It isn’t a complete database, but it is pretty good and can give you some ideas.

Enjoy the reading adventure!




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Summer Reading List (Redux)


After all that I am not even reading anything from the list I posted last week.  It is probably not surprising to most of you experienced lurkers out there.  Most of what we see online is a ‘curated’ image of people.  What I post of my life follows this philosophy too.  There are so many things that I won’t write or post for a variety of reasons, and the items I do post are only what I want the ‘public’ (even if that public comprises relations and friends) to see about my experience.  I am quite sure that this is the reason depression skyrockets in adolescents (and adults) when the constant perusal of social media only shows images of perfect vacations, dream dates, exotic food and the like.  Ok, I admit, I don’t read overly negative content though I know it exists too which probably makes the depression quotient that much worse.

But I digress.

I think it is interesting to note that I am reading two books that came to me by chance, random magic, if you will.  The first book (with iced-coffee) is pictured above: The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula. If you are a history/vampire nerd like me– this is a great read.  I love Eric Nuzum’s tone and self-deprecating sense of humor.

Also, I am reading a chick-flik of a book in A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena di Blasi.  I have to say it is quietly satisfying.  It is a slow burn of a book.

I am just noticing that other than Martian Chronicles and The Hound of the Baskervilles (which I have read/am reading for a tutoring client), I am reading quite a bit of non-fiction.  I think this is odd…but maybe I should not be too surprised. I find a lot of life pretty fascinating.  Fiction is great, but reality is more zany most of the time.


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Summer Reading List 2013


It’s July already.  I am on a vacation of sorts that includes tutoring a high school freshman as he works through his summer reading.   This summer a lot of what I am reading will be for others.  However, I love reading so no matter.  The first on my list is PURELY for pleasure:

  1. The Black Count by Tom Reiss (as pictured above)
  2. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (finishing this from last summer)
  3. Rockaway by Tara Ison (hooray!)
  4. Learning from Lincoln (bet you can’t tell this is for work)
  5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  6. John Adams by David McCullough (finish from last summer)
  7. The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury (re-read)
  8. My Notorious Gentleman by Gaelen Foley (Regency Romance)
  9. How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn
  10. Assorted poetry to feed my soul
  11. Assorted journal articles for work
  12. Food magazines
  13. ?

My lucky number is 13.  If you read this and have a suggestion for a good summer read, please do comment.  I will read just about any genre and/or style.

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Summer Reading List

Getty Villa (Summer '09)

It’s that time again!  Sometimes I wonder if I was drawn to a career in education simply due to the fact that summer meant a slower pace and a huge pile of books to read!  Now that I am mostly an administrator, it means that I don’t get the long teacher time off, but I still the space in which to feel like there is time for uninterrupted yummy reading.

The List (in no particular order):

  • Nox (Anne Carson)
  • Traveling with Pomegranates  (Sue Monk Kidd; Ann Kidd)
  • The Alchemist’s Kitchen (Susan Rich)
  • Bellocq’s Ophelia (Natasha Tretheway)
  • Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader (Robert Evans)
  • Bullet (Laurell K Hamilton)
  • A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle)
  • The Female Brain (Louann Brizendine, MD)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson)
  • How to Make Money in Stocks (William O’Neill)
  • My Dangerous Duke (Gaelen Foley)
  • The Artist’s Way (Julia Cameron)
  • Fool Moon (Jim Butcher)
  • The Plague of Doves (Louise Erdrich)
  • Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  • Tarot for Writers (Kenner)
  • Some Girls: My Life in a Harem (Jillian Lauren)
  • Assorted professional development articles (from Educational Leadership, etc)
  • Assorted primary sources for developing new lessons for American History class

Reading to my Son:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK Rowling)

I linked the first few books because they might not be as well known as some of the others (and most definitely are worth a peek!).  As you can see a pretty eclectic mix of books, just the way I like it.  And, of course, I have no idea if I will get through all of them, but I know I will try…can’t wait.   I am very ready to sink my teeth into Nox tonight!

Happy Reading all!