“The tickets are booked!” My hubs shouted. We high-fived over the laptop. We had finally booked our airline tickets to France and Spain for this summer’s big family trip. We had been poring over travel dates, video chatting, WhatsApp-ing, and emailing with friends in Spain and France, double-checking dates, and verifying airplane fares. A large... Continue Reading →

More than Mimosas: Brunch Book Recommendations for Stimulating Conversation

Looking for a list of totally random books that might be fabulous and interesting to read? Blogger K.L. Kranes has written a great blog with recommendations. Read on!

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I’m lucky. My gal-friends are intelligent, thoughtful women. When we get together, we don’t talk about the latest Kardashian mess or other celebrity scandals. (Side note: I am mildly horrified that I spelled Kardashian wrong while writing this post and my spell check picked it up and corrected it. OK, I’m not even mildly horrified. I’m just downright horrified. When did Kardashian get added to the dictionary? Alas, this is a topic of exploration for another day.)

My friends, like me, probably can’t spell Kardashian on the first try either. When we get together, we talk about politics and movies and the ups and downs of raising children. And we talk about books.

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During a recent Galentine’s Day (the day before Valentine’s day touted as ladies celebrating ladies) brunch, I was struck by how much books dominated our conversation. We were five ladies huddled around a table sipping mimosas and…

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Book Nerd at a Book Festival

“Grab all the books!” I shouted to my daughter as we jumped out of the car. We had arrived at NoVa Teen Book Festival, and we had books, many heavy books, to be signed. It was time to fangirl it up. My top list from this event: Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi and Dhonielle Clayton. Smart,... Continue Reading →

Post-Apocalyptic Darkness

The wind howled through tree branches with an intense vigor, rattling the windows. Inside, homes were dark and powerless despite the glare of the sun outside. This was #Windmegeddon, an unlikely name dubbed by overly enthusiastic meteorologists for our latest Nor’easter, and it stalked the Eastern Coast of the United States, from North Carolina into... Continue Reading →

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