Category Archives: Good Reading

A Quote

This blog is about writing practice. The rules of writing practice are available here. It’s a technique for writing taught by Natalie Goldberg. Here’s what Natalie Goldberg says it’s about. “I teach people to accept their minds,” she says, “just … Continue reading

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Writing Process

Last night I had the pleasure of listening to Terry McMillan talk about her new book Who Asked You? She described her writing process as not so much about the words on a computer screen as a rhythm. She completes … Continue reading

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A weekend extra from Copyblogger

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Fresh Air

I listen faithfully to the NPR radio show called Fresh Air. That’s where I get a lot of ideas for the books I read or the music I buy. I just heard Terry Gross interview Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her … Continue reading

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Get a Job

It’s summer, that time of year when teens try to get a job. I know plenty of adults right now with work experience who can’t find jobs, so it’s particularly rough on teens. My first job was as a car … Continue reading

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Summer Reads

Do you change your reading habits for vacations or long plane rides or just summer fun? I don’t normally, but I stopped by a display in the library the other day that promised good summer reads and picked up “Wife … Continue reading

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Like a Rolling Stone

Ideas gather momentum, like stones rolling down hill. They can be pebbles, they can be boulders, they can ripple, they can crash. Sometimes change comes slowly, justice comes slowly. I’ve been reading “Affirmative Acts” by June Jordan. The book is … Continue reading

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American Lit

It’s fascinating to talk to my grandchildren about what they are reading in their high school American lit class. They are still learning about Holden Caulfield and Big Brother and Piggy. These are the same characters I read about 50 … Continue reading

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Animal Stories

Kids love animals, therefore kids love animal stories. Remember those favorite animal books and movies from your childhood? They all seemed to make you cry. Lassie – yep, cried. Benjie – yep, cried. Black Beauty – yep, cried. Born Free … Continue reading

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Used Books

Soft pages with yellowed edges, ancient coffee rings, and someone else’s undecipherable margin notes. A well loved book with the name of someone you never heard of scrawled inside the front cover. All for just 50 cents at a garage … Continue reading

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