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Thoughts on Poetry, Books, and Life

FOLP #7: The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman, copyright 2007


In a city torn apart by war and German occupation, a nearly destroyed zoo became a “Noah’s ark” to a steady stream of Jews and others attempting to escape the Nazi’s determination to cleanse the human race. Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper and his wife, dedicated years of their lives to secretly serving in […]

FOLP #6: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, copyright 2006


Don’t you love falling into a well-crafted story, losing track of time and place, of everything but the book in your hands? For the past couple days I’ve been deep inside the world created by Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale. It is not the type of book I typically read — it’s a gothic […]

Poetry Friday & Buffy’s “In the Big Top”

It’s Poetry Friday! Sylvia at Poetry for Children is our hostess this week. Today I’m sharing the last of the masterpieces I’ve received this summer in the Poem Swap. Buffy hosted caterpillars on her dining table this summer– I bet they ate well! They inspired this incredible poem.  Thank you, Buffy!    

Poetry Friday & “Exhortation to a bee” by Tabatha Yeatts

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It’s Poetry Friday! Catherine at Reading to the Core is hosting! Just as the bees are wringing the last nectar from the summer flowers, I’m bedazzled by the next-to-last of my poem swap poems. What a grand summer it has been, and what a balm these friendships have been! Here is, quite possibly, my favorite […]

FOLP #5: Being Dead is No Excuse — The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, copyright 2005


I read this humorous, recipe-filled guide about a month before we dealt with two family deaths within 36 hours. Not being in the Mississippi Delta, most of the traditions lauded by the authors were not part of the past few days. Specifically, I did not see any deviled eggs, pimento and cheese, or even casseroles. […]

How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton


This year for my job, I set a goal of reading one book each quarter related to leadership, development, assertiveness, or management. You can read books from earlier in the year here and here. I found How Full is Your Bucket? on the shelf of my stepson Andrew — a gift from his grandmother. I […]