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The moral (and mental) rightness of minimalism: more lessons learned

This topic keeps recurring for me. It's a current focus of my life, a daily practice, as I continue the nesting process. It's also an about-face, a total change from the old me. Post-Scotland, I am not the person I was. I can't immediately think of one way this isn't a positive. For years I've …

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How well do we know authors? How well should we?: Elena Ferrante Unmasked

  Rather than being acclaimed as masterpiece of sleuthing, there was a decidedly negative reaction to Gatti’s investigation. Most people felt that Ferrante’s multi-decade anonymity had been unnecessarily violated, and crucially without her consent. - David O'Dwyer, Irish Times   I was reading a brief article in the Irish Times this morning on the topic …

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Saturday Night Sushi, or, Bar the Doors! Here Come Those Weirdos With the Camera…

This past Saturday night saw a rare and unusual occurence. It saw BSR and Mr. BSR stepping out of the house. For dinner. Like real grown ups. It may be out of the ordinary, but every now and then it actually does happen. Like Halley's Comet. Or a good hair day. Besides the need for …

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Where I am When I’m Not Reading, Writing, or Writing about Reading and Writing

Once a month I volunteer at my sons' elementary school for a parent-lead program called "Get Smart With Art." Volunteer parents in the program present a major artist to each class every month, then the children make an art project inspired by that artist's work. We've covered a variety of artists, including: Andy Warhol, Claude …

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On the Topic of New Year’s Resolutions

Resolution Main Entry: res·o·lu·tion Pronunciation: "re-z&-'lü-sh&n Function: noun Etymology: Middle English resolucioun, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French resolucion, from Latin resolution-, resolutio, from resolvere 1 : the act or process of resolving 2 : something that is resolved <made a resolution to mend my ways> synonym see COURAGE 2007 The rest of you bloggers are …

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