Little Girl Blue, The Life of Karen Carpenter

Last month, I came across a Carpenters Christmas special on TV. I found myself watching Karen Carpenter, thinking, “Oh yeah. Didn’t she die from anorexia?” She had such a pretty voice. I decided to learn a little more, and so I read Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter. If you’re my age or […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/16/17

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! How does this week look for you? Here it’s busy (of course). Today is a no-school day for the kids, but I’ll still have my five Monday piano students, and four kids will come to go over their instrumental solos with me. Last Friday, I went along with a violinist […]

Mixbook Year in Review Books

Thanks to Mixbook for sponsoring this post, which contains affiliate links. Mixbook did not pay for my book; I did, and it was worth every penny 🙂 One of my tasks in January each year is to create a “family yearbook” of the year that has just passed. This task is always fairly arduous, as […]

Barron Trump Facts

Tiffany, Barron, and Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention, By VOA News (official facebook) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Once January 20 arrives, there will be a new young first son — Barron Trump. While recent years have seen several Presidents with young daughters (Obama,  Bush 43, and Clinton come to mind), there hasn’t […]

Sisters One, Two, Three: Review

Thanks TLC Tours for a review copy of this book. Secrets. Does your family have any? I’m not talking about what your brother bought Mom for Christmas. I’m talking about long-held, serious secrets. That’s the type the Tangle family has in Sisters One, Two, Three. The book, set mostly in 1970s Martha’s Vineyard, was really […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/9/17

It’s looking like one of those weeks. The ones where my to-do calendar has a lot of stuff on it — an early-morning orthodontist appointment. A new piano student. A practice session with a violinist at her teacher’s place, which will end up probably 2+ hours total including travel time. Just lots of stuff, all […]

Frankenstein: Review

Over the past several years, I’ve added more and more classics to my reading list. I’m rarely disappointed. I recently read Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. I picked it up due to the prompting of daughter #3, who read it for her English class and thought it was good. I did as well. A few things […]