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25 06, 2017

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

By | June 25th, 2017|breakfasts|0 Comments

I’m reading a long book this week. So let’s talk about breakfast. It’s nice when breakfast is more special than that same old bowl of Cheerios. It’s nice when breakfast is at dinner time. It’s really nice when breakfast includes chocolate. If you feel the same way, maybe you’d like to make Chunky Monkey Pancakes. [...]

18 06, 2017

Summer Camp Everybody!!

By | June 18th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Schuller Kindermann hears party noises outside his camp cabin late at night. Schuller is a gentleman of some means. He owns Kindermann Forest, a summer camp in the Ozarks. He’s spent the last week training the his counselors before the campers arrive in two days. Going out to investigate the noises, he finds his counselors frolicking in the pool. Naked. He fires them. And [...]

11 06, 2017

Ode to Boyhood

By | June 11th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What am I doing, picking a Ray Bradbury book off the library shelf? I asked myself. All I knew about Bradbury was that he was famous, and that he wrote Fahrenheit 451, a paperback on the shelf in my sister’s bedroom. Fahrenheit’s protagonist is a fireman in a time and place where books are illegal and his job is to find them and burn [...]

7 06, 2017

Haystacks, Frito-Style

By | June 7th, 2017|main dishes|0 Comments

Haystacks 1 lb. ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3 1/4 cups water 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. chili powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice 1 package (11 1/2 oz) corn chips Assorted garnishes: sour [...]

4 06, 2017

An Ode to Girlhood (We’ll Do the Boys Next Week)

By | June 4th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Oh, but I had the best time this week, reading Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Anybody whose ever been female and fifteen and dreamy can identify with Castle’s heroine, Cassandra Mortmain, who writes everything she sees and hears in her little notebook. I can feel her breathless excitement when I read things like: So much has happened since I last wrote here that I [...]

28 05, 2017

Bless the Children

By | May 28th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m sorry if the above picture throws a sinister shadow on one of sweetest verses in the New Testament. But you can hardly blame the Catholics for the sour taste in their mouths when they contemplate priests and children. Faith, a novel by Jennifer Haigh, tackles the subject of sexual abuse within the Church. Arthur Breen is a Catholic priest in the South Shore [...]

21 05, 2017

How to Overcome Bad Mothering

By | May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If my reading list doesn’t change soon, I’m gonna have to re-name this blog something like “The Anti-Mother’s Day” because, this week, we feature yet another Bad Mother book. In The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, Mama leaves her two daughters, “just for day or so,” to advance her singing career. This happens often enough that the left-behind girls know how to survive on [...]

14 05, 2017

Will We Survive This Decade?

By | May 14th, 2017|desserts, main dishes|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Robert B. Parker’s Early Autumn ended up on my to-read list. Maybe I thought I’d try an airport book? Anyway, if you know more than I do about crime fiction, you may recognize Parker’s work, since he’s the guy who created the ‘80s television character, Spenser for Hire. Fans open a Spenser book and know they’ll get snappy dialogue, fast [...]

7 05, 2017

Can You Pay the Price of Greatness?

By | May 7th, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

I could swear I attempted Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name is Asher Lev way back in college. It would’ve been on one of those long Saturday afternoons, probably in the summer, when I had leisure to walk the eight blocks to the library. I couldn’t take the dull brown sobriety of Potok’s story world. I probably needed more boy-meets-girl back then. But this time around, I [...]

30 04, 2017

Talks You Don’t Want to Have

By | April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the last few months, two friends have mentioned to me that their children feel swamped by a tide of friends declaring their transgenderism. “What do I say?” asked one mother. What indeed? With news like this, you can’t imagine how fast I scooped up this week’s book, Sex Scandal by Ashley McGuire. For one thing, McGuire is a millennial. She’s known nothing but [...]