April is the cruellest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain./ Winter kept us warm, covering/ Earth in forgetful snow, feeding/ A little life with dried tubers.” –T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land Well, Eliot certainly had a point about April. I mean I am an… Read More The Cruelest Season
But would you believe kidnapped by aliens? I didn’t think so. When I signed in to start working on another post, I was chagrined to see how long it had been since I’d been Whimsical! I’d like to say that I’ve been working hard on lesson plans for the new semester or brushing up on… Read More I Am Not Dead!
When they came, it wasn’t like thunder or lightning, they were just here. On the street, in the market. It was almost like they were always among us: integrated, but very, very different. But dogs didn’t like them, or cats. None of the “domesticated” animals liked them. There was a growling and hissing that was… Read More Don’t Mention It
Today’s Writing 101 Prompt called for us to make a list. The first thing that popped into my mind was the song, “I Love” by Tom T. Hall. This beautiful song is a list of simple loves, many of which mirror my own. ” I love leaves in the wind,/pictures of my friends/ Birds of… Read More I Love…
I ran across a really interesting post over on one of my favorite blogs, Afthead. The post was spurred by a challenge to list ten things one loves coupled with ten things one hates. I really enjoyed reading this list and decided to try my hand at one of my own. Head over to Afthead‘s… Read More Likes and Dislikes, with thanks to Afthead
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant is difficult to categorize because it is equal parts charming and chilling, but since it involves solving the mystery of missing children in the town, I believe Mystery is the best category. Once again, I experienced this novel by listening to the audio version as… Read More An Enthralling Listening Experience
I hesitated for quite some time before taking the plunge on Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich because of comparisons to Pratchett’s Discworld series, which I have never been able to find a way to care about. Apart from the existence of magic, I saw few similarities. It was more like a traditional British police procedural… Read More Strong Start for Supernatural Mystery Series
I have a dirty little secret: I’m tangled up in a tawdry love triangle. Here it is: I love watching television. I’m an English teacher, so I feel I should be lauding the written word, scowling derisively at people who watch hours of television while affecting a slightly British accent. We seem to have this… Read More My Dirty Secret