Trial by Jury, part two: The letter of the law

Trial by Jury, part two: The letter of the law

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the class of the charges in this trial was “criminal misdemeanor.” The substance of the charges was domestic dispute; a husband was defending himself against one count of spousal battery for physical restraint of his wife, and two counts of child abuse. The child abuse specified was not physical in nature, but considered “child endangerment” and “mental suffering” arising from the trauma of breaking up a physical altercation between […]

Trial by Jury, part one: My day(s) in court

Trial by Jury, part one: My day(s) in court

They are two words that send shudders down the spine: JURY DUTY. Many are called, but when it comes down to it, few are chosen. I’ve been getting summoned every year for the last three or four years, but this was the first time in several years that I was called to a panel, and my very first time serving on a jury. If they call you, you must come. The first time I was […]

TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

TV in My Memory (Weekend Assignment #266)

Weekend Assignment #266: The release of the blockbuster Star Trek prequel movie reboots a franchise for a cult TV show that had a huge impact on generations of SF TV viewers. Is there a TV series from your youth that you remember especially fondly? Extra Credit: Have you bought the aforementioned TV series on DVD? If not, would you if it were readily available at a reasonable price? Karen‘s own post for this Weekend Assignment […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Musing Monday, hosted at Just One More Page: “TBR Anxiety” This week’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your TBR pile… How many books (roughly) are in your TBR pile? Is this in increasing number or does it stay stable? Do you ever experience TBR anxiety in the face of this pile? (question courtesy of Wendy) My TBR “pile” occupies one bookcase which is double-stacked on three of the four shelves, two shelves in a cupboard […]

Bad mothers, good mothers, and mothers who think about motherhood

Bad mothers, good mothers, and mothers who think about motherhood

If you would have asked me at 18, I would never have predicted that by the time I was 45, I would have been a mother for over half my life. My son will be 25 this summer, and I’ve lived more of my life with him in it than without – I can’t imagine it otherwise, even if I try. There have been changes in our relationship as he’s grown, of course, and he […]

Wednesday Book Talk AND GIVEAWAY: “Mojo Mom,” by Amy Tiemann

Wednesday Book Talk AND GIVEAWAY: “Mojo Mom,” by Amy Tiemann

Thanks to Jessica Chun at Gotham Books/Penguin Group for offering a review copy of this book! The book is currently available in bookstores and online. Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family Amy Tiemann, Ph.D. Gotham Books, 2009 (ISBN 1592404553 / 9781592404551) Nonfiction, 256 pages From the Introduction: What is Mojo? Mommy Mojo is the feeling you get when you are at the top of your game, juggling the many facets of your […]

Tuesday Book Talk: “Bad Mother, ” by Ayelet Waldman

Tuesday Book Talk: “Bad Mother, ” by Ayelet Waldman

The publisher provided this book as a pre-publication ARC for review purposes. It’s available in bookstores as of May 5, 2008. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of GraceAyelet WaldmanBroadway Books/Doubleday, 2009 (hardcover) (ISBN 0385527934 / 9780385527934)Nonfiction (memoir/essays), 224 pages First sentence (from the Introduction): The morning after my wedding, my husband, Michael, and I were lying on a vast expanse of white linen in the bridal suite of […]

PC=”Problem Computer”: Weekend Assignment #265

PC=”Problem Computer”: Weekend Assignment #265

Here’s an assignment Karen thought we could all relate to in one way or another: Weekend Assignment #265: If you’re a blogger, you almost certainly have a computer. If you have a computer, you’ve had computer problems. Did your monitor go dark? Hard drive get hacked? System go silent? Tell us a computer horror story! Extra Credit: Which has fewer problems, a PC or a Mac? My worst computer disaster happened at work a few […]

Saturday Review 5-2-09: This week around the blogiverse

Saturday Review 5-2-09: This week around the blogiverse

Bulletin Board Mothers’ Day (or is it Mother’s Day? Why am I unsure?) is a week from tomorrow, and I’m planning several posts that spotlight moms next week – two book reviews, some observations on issues both of those books discuss, and a look at some notable literary mothers. I think it’s my first official Theme Week on The 3 R’s, and I hope you’ll check it out! New arrivals in Google Reader Le Shallow […]

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

TBIF: Thank blog it’s Friday! This week in memes and books

Musing Monday, hosted at Just One More Page: “Nonfiction?”  Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading non-fiction… Do you read non-fiction regularly? Do you read it in a different way or place than you read fiction? (question courtesy of Diane) I try to mix nonfiction into my reading pretty regularly; in fact, I’m currently reading my third consecutive nonfiction book. Most of the nonfiction I read is memoir or biography, and although I don’t really […]