Category Archives: author

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

In January, Paul Kalanithi’s book, When Breath Becomes Air, was published posthumously. There are many favorable reviews of this chronicle (here’s one from the New York Times) of his illness and impending death, but that isn’t what I want to … Continue reading

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BERYL MARKHAM

I am reading West With the Night by Beryl Markham in preparation for a trip to Tanzania, near where she lived and worked for nearly 80 years. What a woman! I was hoping to quote several longer passages from the book … Continue reading

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

Paul Kalanithi, MD was concerned with what matters most in life after he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at 36 years of age. In the short time he had left, he wrote When Breath Becomes Air, which is being … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN MARION

Last week, I published a copy of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  Now, Kamiko is back in Marion for Christmas, asking me if we can play all the games we did last year (games of which I have no memory), … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M READING: ALICE MUNRO

I prefer reading books of fiction for pleasure. I wish I could get as excited about non-fiction and sometimes I do; Atul Gawande, John McPhee, Daphne Merkin, Michael Pollan, Janet Malcolm snag me every time. However, fiction is my first … Continue reading

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Extreme Decluttering

Decluttering is cluttering up the internet these days. One of the reasons for the popularity of getting rid of “stuff” is that Baby Boomers are clearing out their parents’ homes and their own as well. For parents, their demise or … Continue reading

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OLIVER SACKS

Oliver Sacks, M.D. died yesterday, Sunday August 30, 2015. I have written here:  March 16, 2015 about Dr. Sacks’ resolve when he learned he was terminally ill but I was still shocked at his passing. I wondered if he expected to … Continue reading

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BEHIND THE CURVE

I seem always to be behind the curve—whatever the curve happens to be. Take the latest fashions—please. In another couple of years, when they begin to look possibly wearable to me, they’ll be out of style. Unfortunately, it’s the same … Continue reading

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WHY GOODREADS IS GOOD FOR ALL

This week I was looking for a few “good reads” for six-year-olds and spent a lot of time perusing Goodreads. It’s a terrific website and I recommend it to anyone who loves books. I first became acquainted with the site … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL SENTENCES

Beautiful sentences in English literature are a pleasure to read and remember. Recently Daniel Dalton of BuzzFeed Books solicited reader opinions on the most beautiful sentences they had read. Here are some of their favorites (and mine), with attribution of … Continue reading

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