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Year of the Rabbit

Chinese new year falls on February 3 this year, and I’m told we are moving into the Year of the Rabbit. According to the Chinese zodiac, rabbit years are peaceful years, oriented toward home and stability. It should be much more peaceful than 2010’s Year of the Tiger. Here’s hoping. Perhaps in sympathy with the coming year, I’ve been reading a lot about rabbits lately. It started over the Christmas holiday… . . . → Read More: Year of the Rabbit

Stories for Dark November

Mid-November always makes me want to curl up with a good book. Preferably a scary book. My mental soundtrack in this season is the winter concerto from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Just picture me in an armchair with a reading lamp over my shoulder listening to the rain outside.

Perhaps it’s perverse of me, but at . . . → Read More: Stories for Dark November

Review: Eat, Pray, Love

A week ago, a friend gave me a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love.” I was aware of the book when it came out last year. A book with a focus on food and yogic philosophy? You’d think it would be right up my alley. But I waited to read it and was . . . → Read More: Review: Eat, Pray, Love

My Summer Book Report

Back from Labor Day weekend and back to work this week. We had an unseasonably pleasant holiday, with temps in the low eighties and incredible, upstate-New-York-like low humidity. I did everything I could to spend the entire weekend outdoors, which makes it a little easier to be tied to my desk this week. The first week of September always reminds me of going back to school, even though I’ve been out of school for almost twenty years now. In the tradition, I thought I’d give you a little book report on what I was reading during the past couple of months. . . . → Read More: My Summer Book Report

Open Windows

The heat of August has finally broken here in Washington. About time too! Finally we’ve returned to open window season. Aaah, this is the best time of year here. Today is clear and sunny with very low humidity. All my windows are thrown open to the air. I’ve always avoided air conditioning as much as . . . → Read More: Open Windows

Merry Christmas to All

Next week I’ll be taking a break from posting. I’ll be back the first week of January with new material and new essays. In the meantime, I’d like to pass on one of my favorite Christmas books. . . . → Read More: Merry Christmas to All

The Perfect Book for Bedtime

For me, the perfect bedtime reading is something I can read in short bites, something untroubling, so I can drop off with a peaceful frame of mind. Something like Emily Post’s Etiquette. . . . → Read More: The Perfect Book for Bedtime

A Porch for Writing

The photograph at the top of today’s entry is of the porch where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings did her writing in the nineteen-thirties and -forties. She’s best known for her novel The Yearling, which was made into film at least twice (once with Gregory Peck). My favorite book is her memoir of her life in central Florida, Cross Creek. . . . → Read More: A Porch for Writing