Books in her Voice

When my daughter reads, I wonder what she hears. When I read, I used to hear the words in my head as if I was speaking with the voices of the characters, as if they were telling the story to me in my own voice.  I would carefully pronounce strange names in my mind and…

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Eyeballing a Recipe + A Holiday Side Dish

Over the last few years, I’ve grown confident enough that I tend to use recipes more as guidelines than instruction sheets.  I use my eyeballs  and hands to measure more often than I use my measuring spoons and cups.  There are a few exceptions to this rule.  I still use measuring cups when I cook…

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It’s not just a shirt when you’re the one talking to the press.

Yesterday, we landed a spaceship on a comet.  This is an incredible achievement.  I am inspired, overjoyed and practically giddy with excitement.  There are so many incredible things we can learn from comets about the origins of life on earth.  It is an unparalleled achievement. And it’s so disappointing as well.  You see, Matt Taylor, one…

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Go Vote! Today! Right Now!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care how you voted as long as you voted. I’m not that altruistic. I very much care how you vote.  But even if you don’t vote the way I wish you would, please go vote anyway. And if you don’t vote, I don’t want to hear any…

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One space or two?

I sometimes find myself angsting about minutiae.  Today, it is the humble space bar.  How many times do I strike it between sentences? I’m not old enough to have ever used a typewriter, except for that period in high school when I convinced my mom that a typewriter would help get my creative writing juices…

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