All posts tagged: reading


Currently: Perusing sonnets Responding to a job posting for an assistant director position at one of my favorite theatres! Searching my Google Drive for old cover letter inspiration Listening to an album I just discovered and can’t stop listening to: Rufus Wainwright’s Take All My Loves Checking my email inbox Jotting replies to everyone whose emails I’ve been ignoring all week Reflecting on what it means to be “serious in love” (Thanks, Shakespeare) Plotting to watch last week’s episode of Game of Thrones Reading the book club book we start discussing this week, though I have had trouble getting through this one… Sending positive vibes into the universe Considering a deer puppet Anticipating a long weekend of relaxation, rehearsal, and hopefully reading Sipping iced tea Playing around Pushing my covers back What are you doing, currently? ❂

April Book Club: Safekeeping

Originally posted on present perfect book club:
Safekeeping, by Jessamyn Hope published June 9, 2015 Synopsis from author’s website:  It’s 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at Kibbutz Sadot Hadar with a medieval sapphire brooch. To redress a past crime, he must give the priceless family heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz fifty years earlier. But first, he has to track this mystery woman down—a task that proves more complicated than expected. On the kibbutz Adam joins other lost souls trying to turn their lives around: Ulya, the ambitious and beautiful Soviet émigrée; Farid, the lovelorn Palestinian farmhand; Claudette, the French Canadian Catholic with OCD; Ofir, the Israeli teenager wounded in a bus bombing; Eyal, the disillusioned kibbutz secretary; and Ziva, the old Socialist Zionist firebrand who founded the kibbutz. Driven together by the confines of the commune, by love and hate, by their irreconcilable dreams and a shared sense of insecurity, their fates become forever entangled as they each get one last shot at redemption. In…

creating with emoji

Yesterday, I wrote about my day using only 57 different emoji. I loved reading all the comments of people who said they still totally “got” it, or followed most of it despite the lack of words. Prompted by mom, and her awesome post about why literacy includes both words AND pictures (and, yes, emoji!) I wanted to share some more about my process creating my post. I actually started by writing this post on my phone, to have easier access to the emoji keyboard. (If you haven’t yet learned how to find the emoji keyboard on your phone, directions are here.) I used the WordPress App on my phone to type in all the emojis I wanted, going moment by moment and finding just the right little picture to describe what I did or how I felt. Reading over the emoji and turning them into a story requires a lot more imagination, inferring and close reading than simply describing my day with words. But there’s no real mystery to reading emojis, no secret information teenagers have that …

you just can’t stop at one

“Aug 13 Finished reading Harry Potter⚡️ ❤️ “ Like millions of people my age, Harry Potter is the story that defines my childhood. I have memories of my mom reading the first two books to us on the couch (that was before we knew how to pronounce Harry’s friend’s name, and we called her Her-me-OH-knee). Then, waiting anxiously every year for the new book’s release. Then, lining up for hours to see the midnight premieres of the films on the giant screen at the historic Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park. We grew up with Harry and he grew up with us. Whenever I want to easily fall into a book, I see those magical volumes smiling at me from the shelf. And once I get started….well, I can’t just stop at one. Last May, I rode down to Charlottesville to visit college friends who were working there over the summer. My main goals for my first visit back since graduation were obviously food related: a Bodo’s Bagel and a Take It Away Sandwich. After that…I was pretty game for anything. Maybe we would go …

Okay, so we’re doing this!

WOW! Thank you to everyone who came through for me and my book club idea! I am so so so thrilled with the response: WE ARE DOING THIS! I set up a separate site for the book club, so that it won’t completely invade this blog. Plus, that will allow for some more flexibility if we want to get multiple book club moderators involved or what have you. Check it out here!!! I also chose the first book for February: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St John Mandel. Have you read this book? Do you want to?? Share these posts to invite your friends and of course, feel free to join in the conversation over on the book club page, starting Feb 21 🙃 HAPPY READING!!! P.S. If you think the title of this post is not a Hamilton reference, then you don’t know me at all.

Books: who’s with me?!

Pretty much my only goal for 2016 (because I am so not a resolution setter) is to undertake the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge. There are plenty of reading challenges floating around out there, but this one appealed to me because of the huge variety the list encompasses, along with its quirky specificity… Setting a goal of just a number of books to read in 2016 didn’t seem like much motivation to me, but choosing a book that is at least 100 years older than me, or about a culture I’m unfamiliar with, or with a blue cover seems fun, and I feel like it will lead me to books that I may not otherwise pick up! A bunch of my friends in real life (and a couple of my blogging friends!) have also expressed interest in this reading challenge. So I had an idea: what if we all got together to choose some books that would fulfill some categories in the book challenge and then chatted about them in a sort of digital book club? We could …