Category Archives: Reading? Ugh!

Are you serious? Real thoughts on life, literature, art? What about dancing girls? I was promised dancing girls!


1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. It was kind of a big year for Debbie Bishop. January 15 – An earthquake in Sicily kills 380 and injures around 1,000. Debbie Bishop has been … Continue reading

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Put These Books on Your Summer Reading List, Idiot!

The Girl Who Was, Like, Whatever By Kelly O’Nelly This literary tour de force from the acclaimed young author of Rockabye Rat Trap tells the story of Kenmore Levinson, a girl so neglected that her mother named her after a … Continue reading

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Me, trying to sell tires at the end of my driveway

I am alert. From my porch, I sense you lurking at the end of my driveway, where lie 10 used tires, propped just so in their sets of four and, oddly, two. But these are not just tires; they are … Continue reading

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How to make a fake ear and put on a play, not necessarily in that order

1. Audition for a play called Fuddy Meers, the story of a woman who loses all her memories when she goes to sleep and who one morning is taken away by a limping man claiming to be her brother. 2. … Continue reading

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Is reading overrated?

Chances are if you’re reading this that’s all you’re doing. You might be eating breakfast or possibly doing a chore. Maybe you’re folding laundry and glancing back and forth at these words. If so, you’re not giving it your full … Continue reading

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There’s a house word for that

Originally posted on Drinking Tips for Teens:
This is not a sofa. Language is culture. Yogurt is also culture. Beyond that they have nothing in common. It’s language – certainly not yogurt – that binds us. Without language, we would…

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Lions and tigers and ticks, oh my!

If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, is it because everyone’s afraid they’re going to get lyme disease? Probably. This summer, the tiniest of insects are public enemy number one and people … Continue reading

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