Books & Birthdays

Most years, I don't make much fuss about my birthday.  Not infrequently, I'll forget it's coming and only remember when thoughtful friends and family start asking me about presents. But not this year!  This year, I decided to treat myself to a birthday extravaganza.  And when I realized I'd have a blog post due around…
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The Rules and the Exceptions

I’m a natural-born rule follower. If there’s a rule in place, it almost never occurs to me to ask why it’s there or whether it’s worth following; it’s a rule, so unless it’s a pile of ethical garbage, I’m probably going to follow it. My preference for strong, clear guidelines in all things (Obligers, am…
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My Bookish Bucket List

I’m fascinated by the concept of bucket lists. Few things intrigue me more than hearing what other people consider to be must-have life experiences, mostly because the range of “must-have” encompasses so much. I have a general life bucket list (see the Northern Lights; go sky-diving; walk the Camino De Santiago), but I also keep…
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A Book by Its Cover

We’ve all heard the old adage to never judge a book by its cover. The only time I don’t think you should follow that advice is when it comes to actual books. On a purely literal level, when we’re talking about judging actual books by their actual covers, let’s face it: it’s impossible not to…
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