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Nicole O’Dell Giveaway

Today I’m letting author Nicole O’Dell take over the blog to tell you about her newest book, Girl Talk. Recently my friend and her two daughters co-wrote this tween/teen Q&A collection, and they’re giving a copy away.  Take it away, Nicole. Q:Which color Guess overalls go best with my Swatch watch? Q: If I hairspray […]

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Commercial Love

If you watched the Grammy’s you might’ve seen the Chipotle commercial. Loved it. Love the message. We don’t have a Chipotle anywhere near us, but I hear good things. Mostly I respect their respect for whole foods and not Frankenfood, as Michael Pollan would say. And I love anyone who incorporates Willie Nelson into their […]

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Downton Abbey

This is nothing but spoilers, so if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, don’t read a single word more. Okay, I tweeted about this Monday morning, so forgive the repeat, but Matthew’s skin was SO weird at the funeral/grave site. Red, glowing eyes, white, pasty skin. I was expecting him to sprout bat wings any second. […]

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SnowTastic

“The soul craves beauty.” -Thomas Moore I am beyond shocked at the news of one Ms. Whitney Houston. What a voice. Hearing her was like having church. I always loved to hear her do gospel. It’s sad to lose the 80s. One piece at a time. On to happier news. I am on the verge […]

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“Real” Housewives?

Despite the fact that I find ridiculous irony in the word “real” when connected to Housewives of Beverly Hills, I might’ve gotten sucked into this show one weekend. I was at home and the TV just popped on, and the remote seemed to have a mind of its own. There was a RHWBH marathon (otherwise […]

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Can I Unhear That?

I have a student in my Speech class who is from a foreign country. English is not his first language, and he does not like to talk, does not like to make eye contact. Which is kind of problematic for a speech class… Every day I call roll and have each student respond by answering […]

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I’d Be a Hungry Used Car Salesman

I’m about to say something that’s bound to tick someone off. But let’s talk about the sanctity of my friend Pinterest. I am not a seller. Never have been. A long time ago, in a far off land when Michael Jackson was black, Van Halen jumped, and I was a Brownie scout, I sent my […]

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Thoughts on Rudeness & Purpose

I love a good mocha frappuccino. I can suck one down in record time. And someone always notices. They always comment. “Did you drink that already?” I look down. Feel guilt. Feel weird. And wonder. Is this is my super power?

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TV Classics

Every year I say I’m not watching American Idol. And I get sucked in every time. Last year I gave up about halfway through. This year doesn’t look any more promising, despite the judge’s deliberate mentions of how they’re really raising the bar for talent requirements. Right, dawg. Jim Carrey’s daughter auditioned. I love Jim’s […]

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Downton Low Down

Let’s talk about Downton Abbey. Did you watch the two hour opening? I must confess…I was bored. I have a simple brain. There’s a reason I read People magazine and not the Wall Street Journal. There are too many dang storylines and people in Downton.  It probably didn’t help that I watched it on my […]

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Cover Loveliness

Did you guys watch Downton Abbey? I can’t tell you how unfulfilled my life has been without it. We shall discuss later. First of all the winner (one single winner, as I did not get snow) of Circle Maker by Mark Batterson is Emily K. Emily, email me your addy, girl. For those of you […]

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Randoms

Don’t forget I’m giving away at least one copy of The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. You can enter HERE. Have you seen this aerial photo of a river’s path on the desert? “Just bought a 3d Kindle…..also known as a book” (SydneyD) So the police were sent to shake up a five year old […]

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New Year Giveaway!

Bring on 2012. I love a fresh start, don’t you? My friends and I have been talking about what our word for 2012 will be. What are our individual themes? What do we want to focus on? (And either “chocolate” is truly not an acceptable theme or I need new friends.) I had a word […]

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Ryan Gosling Loves Books

Totally stole this from literary-girl Ashley Boyer on the Tweeters. Check out how helpful Ryan Gosling is to the publishing world. And thank you to Katie, who has one of my favorite blog headers, for the additional finds. Like THIS. And THIS.

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Passing on the Love at Christmas

There was a segment on the news last night that hit me right in my exhausted heart. Please tolerate the commercial and watch this bit. Check out 1:13… Doesn’t that get ya? I’m sending this nice and holiday-lonely fellow a Christmas card–and appealing to my bloggy friends to do the same. The address to send […]

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Digital Joy

This semester in my creative writing class we’ve been talking about how inspiration is all around us–we just have to retrain ourselves to look.  I thought I’d share two videos I showed my kids. Both make me smile. And there’s always educational value in a little bit of happy. Starling Murmuration And one that also […]

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