Category Archives: Books

I am like a tree in one very specific way, at least according to my daughter.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that my daughter doesn’t think I sleep. Because I am out of bed every day by 4:30 and back in bed well after she has gone to sleep, Clara has never even seen me … Continue reading

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I worry that George R.R. Martin will die before finishing his Song of Fire and Ice series, and yes, that’s not a nice thing to think.

George R.R. Martin is the author of the popular Song of Fire and Ice series which you may know better as Game of Thrones. He’s currently writing the sixth of that was originally going to be seven books in the … Continue reading

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Dating in a perfect, bookish world

My wife gave me a book on our first date:  The Tale of Despereaux. Complete with the best inscription ever. Not quite the dream scenario described below, but close.

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No better start to the day

There are mornings when my son refuses to come out of his crib until he’s  had a chance to read a book. Oftentimes, he’s grunting, pointing at a book in his basket or on the shelf. He’ll flip through it … Continue reading

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Goodnight Moon with her little brother

I read Goodnight Moon (and most other children’s books) for the first time with my daughter, who immediately fell in love with the story, as much children do.  Now she puts her brother on her lap and “reads” the book … Continue reading

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24 thoughts from my weekend at Booktopia

Elysha and I spent the weekend in Vermont at Booktopia, a weekend retreat for listeners of Books on the Nightstand that brings readers and authors together in a unique experience. It’s our favorite weekend of the year. Here are some … Continue reading

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Suspiciously perfect start to the day

My son refused to allow me to pluck him from the crib this morning until I handed him a book and allowed him to read it first. He’s a little less than two years-old, and yet I still felt like … Continue reading

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I’ve always thought that a library fine was a good thing. Unexpected income. Some librarians have disagreed. Am I wrong?

From a piece in the Hartford Courant entitled Wethersfield Library Begins ‘Food For Fines’ Program: For a limited time, Wethersfield Library patrons can pay their overdue fines with a can of beans or a jar of spaghetti sauce. The library’s … Continue reading

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Clara’s deep thoughts while reading Neil Gaiman’s Instructions

Comments uttered in whispers: “I trust my story.” “I always betray my heart with my tongue.” 

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Pressure is a privilege

Author Susan Schoenberger posted this quote to her Twitter feed: “Pressure is a privilege.” – Billie Jean King as heard on Fresh Air. I love this idea. It’s so true. Many of the things that I choose to do involve … Continue reading

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