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Perfect Reader
The idea of a professor, his daughter, poetry invited me into the novel. Unfortunately, the novel devolved into a view of a female 20-something's angs ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
The Music Teacher
Simply put: potential, but didn't make it to greatness.

That is not only one of the novel's themes, but also my summary of the novel. A few times, the
Jul 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me
A memoir of sorts through the literature read -- oh, so many parallels here to my own reading experiences, from writing feverishly like Harriet, "the ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
Slow Reading in a Hurried Age
I'll never forget when two of my 10th-grade students lamented, "You've changed us! Now we can't even just watch a movie 'cuz we're always asking 'why? ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time
Sarah Arthur appears to worship as she writes of the truths revealed subtly or indirectly through lines of poetry or passages of prose. She notes that ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London
I hadn't read any works by either Charles or Mary Lamb prior to reading this biography of their lives together. Brother and older sister -- which one ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
"A Jonquil for Mary" -- captured that moment when a young wife realizes her husband truly loves her, truly sees her -- I loved that story's ending. Al ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jun 16, 2009
A Short History of a Small Place
I started out loving this book -- bits of humor, colloquilisms -- but like a "death-by-chocolate" cake, too much of a good thing became hard to swallo ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Go Set a Watchman
**spoiler alert** Okay, now I've finished reading the novel. The most interesting aspect of the novel is that Lee's focus wasn't on race, as much as o ...more
Aug 04, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears.
Practicing defiant joy is the declaration that the darkness does not and will not win.

When we fight back with joy, we embrace a reality that is more r
Mar 04, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
The Girl on the Train
Whoa, first, I don't typically read books focused on affairs, alcoholism, or murder. This one, though, grabbed me at 9:00 this morning and held me cap ...more
Jul 03, 2015
Jul 03, 2015
N. C. Wyeth: A Biography
Fascinating. Read this book with Google Search Images open -- I found myself frequently looking up images not only by N.C. Wyeth, but also by Howard P ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
Boy, Snow, Bird
Magical realism and intriguing characters move the underlying themes of race, "others", and self-perception.

"Mirrors behave differently depending on h
Jul 31, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
Prose, such as this, compels me to read ...
"When the truck finally pulled out and they saw him still standing they offered their bundles for him to si
Jan 02, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar
Countless bits of sensory
information enter into our brains every moment…the brain locates,
sorts and orders sensations—somewhat as a traffic policeman
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
Two of the most important phonological processing (or phonological awareness) tasks underlying these skills are sound segmentation (or the ability to ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 05, 2014
Academic Assessment and Intervention
The outcome of the assessment for instructional placement is a determination of the instructional level of functioning and a decision regarding whethe ...more
Oct 28, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
Assessment for Intervention, First Edition: A Problem-Solving Approach
Successful performance of those primary role functions will be defined by the extent to which students attain cultural competence in a timely manner. ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith
Not radically new in principles, but does offer some helpful perspective.

We fret and worry and waste unnecessary time trying to remedy situations in
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Hudson River Bracketed
Edith Wharton -- new to me -- I found her descriptions of characters and places similar to those written by Willa Cather; her subject matter and theme ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
Practical Proverbs
**spoiler alert** A Proverbs Life Encourages --

Look for Encouragement
Discover Enjoyment

“Great joy, especially after a sudden
change of circumstances,
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Fathers and Sons
Memorable quotes:

"But for Nikolai there remained the feeling of a well-spent life, and his son was growing up under his eyes; Pavel, on the contrary,
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916
Fun to read about the past of places I've lived in and visited extensively such as Jerome and Prescott, Arizona, as well as Los Angeles. I would have ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Jayber Crow
Port Wiliam -- I've been there -- now, after reading this book -- and I am so eager to return when I read the rest of Berry's books. I understand Jayb ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jun 16, 2009
Lying Awake
Is it possible to be so heavenly-minded as to be no earthly good? Sister John of the Cross wrestles with identifying her calling, her motives, her God ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
The Housekeeper and the Professor
"Amicable numbers" -- loved this -- the weaving of metaphor and theme and character with the wonderful intricacies of mathematics, and though I do not ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Though condensed from 3 years to one month, this story compelled me to read. Galloway weaves three stories around the one cellist, whose story is actu ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 16, 2009
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
I wish that when I was a 16 year old exchange student in Kenya, sitting in Kangaru School in Embu, I had listened to the teacher of literature discuss ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn
Critical to any learning is asking the right questions at the right time, and perhaps the most important question to ask is "how do I know if all of m ...more
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
101 Faith Notes
you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your h
Jan 31, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
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