See Dick. See Jane. See The Future Of English?

DAJGenerations of American school children from the 1930s through 1970s learned to read with Dick and Jane. Who could forget such classic lines as:

“See Dick. See Dick run. Run, Dick, run!”

Overly simplistic, even for the time, I escaped their clutches thanks to my older sister, who taught me to read before I started school. It was soon apparent to my first-grade teacher that I could read above level. And so one of my classmates and I were given separate lessons at the third-grade level—with several non-Dick-and-Jane books. Continue reading

A Merry Time In Old (And New) England—Part 2

So as I work on my PerNoReMo, we’ll keep this post simple. Here are some photos from York that my husband and I took in September. York features some wonderful old Medieval and Renaissance buildings and the wall that protected the old city.

We stayed in a hotel located in a building dating from the 1700s that had been built against one of the Medieval gates, which you can see at left below. The view at right is back up the street from the hotel.


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Saturday Sit Down — With Jennifer M Eaton

Seventeen-year-old Jess’s dream is to graduate High School and get away from her dull military-brat existence. But racing for her life across New Jersey with a boy she hardly knows is not quite what she had in mind.

David is alone, injured, and lost in the woods. When a young girl stumbles across him, he places his trust, and his life, in her hands. Will she lead him to safety, or right into the hands of the men he is hiding from?

It’s been a while, but I’m delighted to bring you another Saturday Sit Down post. Today, Jennifer M. Eaton joins us. The ebook edition of her novel Fire in the Woods was published in September by Month9Books, and the paperback has just been released. Why not settle into a comfortable seat and help me welcome Jennifer to the blog?

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Book Review — The Red Book of Primrose House

This review comes via my latest request from NetGalley, the digital review service where professional readers (such as librarians, bloggers, booksellers, educators, and those in the media) can obtain free advance copies of forthcoming books from publishers for review. Written by Marty Wingate, The Red Book of Primrose House is the second book in the Potting Shed Mystery series. The ebook is published by Alibi, an imprint of Random House, which is a division of Random House LLC, in turn a Penguin Random House Company. The press categorizes the book as Fiction – Mystery and Detective – Cozy. Continue reading

A Merry Time In Old (And New) England — Part 1

I hope you’ll forgive me for indulging in a few vacation posts. Actually, as I thought about which highlights to cover, I started worrying about overdoing things. I’ll bet everyone has been subjugated to at least one slideshow or home-movie “fest” from a friend or relative. And I don’t want to be that person! So we’ll see just where these posts go…. Continue reading