My Strange Reaction to “The Book Thief” (Spoiler Alerts, People)

I went to see “The Book Thief” with a friend a few weeks ago. I knew nothing about it except it was set in Nazi Germany and involved a girl joining a new family.My friend and I discussed how we really do enjoy seeing a movie knowing little about the plot, as we like to see it unfold before us with no preconceived notions, and our reactions are genuine - usually finding delight in letting the storyteller take us to places we don’t anticipate. It’s a little like having a trusted friend lead you … [Read more...]

Not Smarter Than a Fourth-Grader

This morning on the way to school, my fourth-grader and I had the following conversation.Him:  Did you know sloths move so slowly that sometimes they mistake their arm for a branch, reach for it, and then fall to their deaths?Me:  Sloths have arms?Him:  Yeah!  Of course they do.Me:  Sloths don't have arms.Him:  (disbelievingly) Yes, Mom!  They have REALLY LONG ARMS!Me:  No, they don't.Him:  Yes, they do!Me:  They do not.Him:  (patiently) Mom.  I'm talking about … [Read more...]

Happy ANYTHING, Okay?

I'm a little late with this post, as it's already the sixth night of Chanukkah. You may have heard (if you don't live under a rock) that it coincided with Thanksgiving this year, and travel, and blah, blah, blah - so apologies for tardiness. However, it is NOT too late to discuss the nuttiness that surrounds these winter holidays.  In particular, I'd love to address addressing. Not as in envelopes, but as in in greeting people.  Specifically, in greeting ME.There always seems to be a w … [Read more...]


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