Category Archives: Reading

Skeletons

“Hillbilly Elegy” is the story of Vance’s predominantly Scotch-Irish family, who migrated from Kentucky to Middletown, Ohio to find work, and took their hillbilly culture with them. His grandfather worked in the Armco steel mill. My grandparents — who also had Scotch-Irish blood (mixed with German) — made a similar migration for work, from West Virginia to Massillon, Ohio. My grandfather got a job in a steel mill.

My husband, The Engineer, sometimes works in Middletown at the same mill (now AK Steel) that once employed Vance’s Papaw.

Clearly, this was the story of my people.

Except it wasn’t. Continue reading

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Ancient History or Foundation?

The Engineer and I were recently in England, a place I have been lucky to visit many times with my expatriate hubby. The first time I went, we were strolling around Leamington Spa when I spotted a woman working outside. “Look!” I said.  “She’s hanging … Continue reading

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Ten Briticisms* That Deserve a Larger Audience

A rave about words Ours is a semi-bilingual family. The Engineer is English. I’m American. And Darling Daughter is a charming mix of both. That’s The Engineer and me on the right, in case you’re wondering. One of the benefits … Continue reading

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I Geek Words

A rave about words, both written and read My library has been running a promotion called “Geek out at your library,” asking patrons and staff members to complete the sentence “I geek_______________.” Thanks to Darling Daughter,  the concepts of self-identifying … Continue reading

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“I Like a Girl Who Reads”

You might want to skip the ad, but this video is brilliant. Unquestionably a rave about reading (and readers).

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I Feel So Used!

A Rave About Reading I’m a garage saler, a consignment and Goodwill shopper, an flea market lover and, on occasion — though I hate to admit it — a garbage picker. I like to own things with a bit of … Continue reading

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World Book Night — 23 April 2013: A Rave About Reading

It’s surprisingly difficult to find people who don’t like to read. Or maybe it’s just difficult to find those who will admit to it. Since the purpose of World Book Night is to reach “light and non-readers,” this presents a … Continue reading

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Cancer Lesson Update and Shameless Library Promotion

Rave: Cancer Lessons Update and Shameless Library Promotion First, the Cancer Lessons update: In the next few weeks, my Cancer Lesson posts will be disappearing from this blog and reappearing in a more cohesive format on a new one, Keeping A-Breast: … Continue reading

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Words Are All I Have

Rave: Words Are All I Have From “Yahoo Answers”: Resolved Question: What do you call a person who collects words? Best Answer: A verbal archivist. Or a fruitcake. Other suggested answers: Lexicographer Word magnet “… a ‘Tracfone Service Person.’ They … Continue reading

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My Ideal Bookshelf

image.jpg, a photo by ladywriter47 on Flickr. Rave: My Ideal Bookshelf Taking a leaf (pun intended) from the book, My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force, here’s my ideal bookshelf. At least it’s my ideal for today. The bottom book is … Continue reading

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