MotherTalk Blog Tour Book Review: “Interred With Their Bones”

MotherTalk Blog Tour Book Review: “Interred With Their Bones”

Interred With Their BonesJennifer Lee CarrellThe question of “Who wrote all those Shakespeare plays?” has circulated for at least a couple of centuries. I vaguely recall doing a research paper on the topic back in college, well over 20 years ago. It arises because of a belief that what’s known about the person of William Shakespeare – which isn’t very much, other than a fairly humble background and a career as an actor – doesn’t […]


It’s Friday! And I have lots to do, so this is a fairly lazy post – another one that arrived via e-mail, but it made me laugh. Thanks to my aunt C., who is still one of the people I want to be when I grow up. MY NEXT LIFE I want to live my next life backwards:You start out dead and get that out of the way.Then you wake up in a nursing home […]

iPod Random Ten 9-21-07

Coming up next on The World’s Weirdest Radio Station: “You Were Right,” Badly Drawn Boy“Been There,” Clint Black“Dance The Night Away,” Van Halen“Shameless,” Garth Brooks“Listen to Her Heart,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers“Welcome to the ’60’s,” Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta (from the Hairspray soundtrack)“Moonshadow,” Cat Stevens“Suspicious Minds,” Elvis Presley“What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” R.E.M.“Handle With Care,” The Traveling Wilburys And…no traffic reports! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this […]

Another postcard – (not) with chimpanzees…

(…but with apologies to the band Barenaked Ladies. No apologies for liking the band Barenaked Ladies, however. And just in case you didn’t know, Barenaked Ladies are men (and a band). But I digress…) Back to my topic of the week: Chimpanzees. Maybe they’re the ones behind the wheel, causing all this trouble on the road. I just like knowing I’m not the only one with traffic issues – sharing the suffering with Madame Meow […]

Booking Through Thursday 9-20: “Sunshine and Roses”

The reverse of last week’s question: Imagine that everything is going just swimmingly. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all’s right with the world. You’re practically bouncing from health and have money in your pocket. The kids are playing and laughing, the puppy is chewing in the cutest possible manner on an officially-sanctioned chew toy, and in between moments of laughter for pure joy, you pick up a book to read . […]

Postcard from the road – drive time

72 hours a year. Three entire days, or almost a full two-week vacation (based on 8-hour workdays). But this is nothing close to a vacation – according to a new study, this is the approximate amount of time that Los Angeles-area drivers spend stuck in rush-hour traffic. But according to the L.A. Times, a regional-planning group disputes this finding, based on the study’s methodology; they say it’s even worse (closer to 100 hours a year) […]

Now, back in MY day…

There have been many times in my life that I’ve felt out of step with my peers. I was already married and a mother when I finished college, and since I did that on the conventional post-high-school timetable, I was still in my early 20’s. When many of the people I knew were still unmarried in their mid-30’s, I had a son in high school and a marriage that was on its last legs. At […]

Wiki Wednesday 9-19-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Well, at least it’s not about battleships this week. In fact. this is actually somewhat germane to the first of The 3 R’s, even though Indian genre fiction isn’t really my thing reading-wise: Kinjal Kishor is a novelist in India currently working on the novel series Aatmayan. This is a major work of the author combining […]

“Welcome to the working week…”

“…I know it don’t thrill ya, I hope it won’t kill ya”– Elvis Costello(This is the theme song for the 6-8 AM Monday show on the ultimate volunteer radio station in the Volunteer State, WEVL 89.9 FM, Memphis) I didn’t have time to get this together on Monday, but for some of us it seems like the workweek is a much more fluid concept nowadays, so a roundup of work-themed posts is appropriate any time. […]

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Things You Do when You Have Nothing Else to Do

Ten on Tuesday – 10 Things You Do when You Have Nothing Else to Do

Not to get all “busier-than-thou” about it, but I rarely have “nothing else to do,” so I guess I’d approach this topic as more as “10 Things I Do When I Have Nothing Else I WANT to (or HAVE to) Do.” Some are definitely procrastination practices, some are things I save for when the work gets done, and some I would actually consider to be things on the “to-do” list, just not high-priority ones. Read […]

Love letters and thank-you notes

I’ve learned that several of my favorite bloggers share my blogging identity. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, since I recognize that they’ve influenced what I do here, and how I do it. Of course, I wouldn’t add a blog feed to my reader if I didn’t like the content, but they’re not all there for the same reason. Some are just generally useful, providing information and tools for living. Some cover issues I want […]

Weekend update

We had this weekend totally to ourselves. The kids were with their mom, and I was going through separation anxiety – not because of them, but because this was the first time I have ever boarded Gypsy at a kennel. Up until about three years ago, I hadn’t spent a night apart from her since we moved to California. Since then, she has stayed with family a couple of times when Tall Paul and I […]