I'm famous! Sort of. Our local public television station airs a show called "You Gotta Have Art" that features the local artists who are teaching classes with the Adams County Arts Council. I was interviewed last week as one such local artist. I showed up for what I thought was a radio interview (read: no … Continue reading Fame!
I turned 30 a few weeks ago, on Christmas Eve. I didn't think it would be a big deal. No big party. Not even just a dinner out with my husband or a few drinks with my girls. (Though drinks with my girls is currently difficult because most of my girls live in other cities. … Continue reading Mile Marker 30
Dear Jenni, Happy early birthday! Love, Glimmer Train
I don't miss the television any more. We used to have cable, back when we lived in England. Before we left for the UK, my mother threw a fit, pointing out every possible negative she could manage. She does that. Always. "My friend lived in England, when her husband was stationed there. You'll start to … Continue reading Sans TV
As if to confirm that I should, in fact, be thinking about death right now, a girl with whom I went to high school has passed away suddenly. Today. Just over a week ago, out of the blue, she started suffering seizures that seemed to be linked to a previously undetected heart arrhythmia. Her friends, … Continue reading Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster…
Every year, I ambitiously sign up to participate in National Novel Writing Month, affectionately shortened into the impossible-to-pronounce-because-it's-not-a-real-word NaNoWriMo. And every year, I've written a grand total of 5,000 words. Tops. November is the busiest month of the year. Couldn't we have MarNoWriMo? Or even FebNoWriMo? Nothing happens in February. I could probably churn out … Continue reading NaNoWriMo
The birds are gathering into traveling parties, collecting in tree branches and chattering incessantly about their impending trip south. Today, for just a single minute, they were silent, and it was as if the rest of the world was silent with them.
The finalists for the National Book Award were announced yesterday. The full list is accessible here. Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America was also on the shortlist for the Booker. Guess which book is on the top of my shopping list?
The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced last night. Howard Jacobson has won for his novel The Finkler Question. I haven't read it or any of the other books that were shortlisted (Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America; Emma Donoghue's Room; Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room; Andrea Levy's … Continue reading The Booker
When I opened my newspaper this morning (The Washington Post, in case you are wondering; no I don't live in DC, but old loyalties die hard and sometimes The Gettysburg Times just doesn't cut it when I want actual news from the world beyond the borough's limits), I was elated by one piece of news … Continue reading News