Why I Blog

Looking over some blogging resources recently reminded me that the first question would-be bloggers are encouraged to consider is why they blog. But as soon as I started to dismiss this directive as so obvious as to not merit consideration, I realized that, although I’ve certainly answered this question in my own mind, I’ve never …

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2022: My Year of Unplanned Reading

Writer Eve Peyser had a good reading year in 2021. Here’s why: “I got myself to regularly read this year because I abandoned all notions about what I “should” be reading (the classics, the entries on “best of” lists) and instead, do whatever I want. . . . As it turns out, books are fun …

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Welcome, 2022!

(Feature Photo by Moritz Knöringer on Unsplash ) After the debacle of 2021, I’ve been awaiting the arrival of 2022 with high ambivalence. When I woke up this morning and remembered that today is the first day of 2022, the phrase guarded optimism immediately came to mind.  So, in the spirit of guarded optimism, I …

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The Best Books I Read in 2021

I had intended to have a much fuller report of my 2021 reading to post, but time has caught up with me. So here’s the short version. I read 41 books this year, with a total of 13,139 pages.  Shortest book: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (164 pages)  Longest book: Second Generation by …

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Remembering Joan Didion

I’ve been unable to stop reading all the articles about Joan Didion that have appeared since the announcement of her death yesterday.  As a nonfiction writer, I knew her through her perceptive nonfiction pieces. But these articles have made me realize that I need to read her fiction as well. Joan Didion, ‘Goodbye to All …

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day occurs every year on December 1st. This year marks 40 years since the first reported cases of what later became known as AIDS were officially reported: “more than 36 million people, including 700,000 in the United States, . . . have died from AIDS-related illness globally since the start of the epidemic.” …

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We’re Back!

Related Post: What the Heck Is Going On? And just like that, the same way the glitch mysteriously appeared, it has mysteriously disappeared. Notes in the Margin uses the Astra theme, which is free, through WordPress, plus the Astra Pro plugin, a paid upgrade that offers lots of customization possibilities. Since I discovered the problem …

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What the Heck Is Going On?

Update Please read this follow-up post: We’re Back! I really don’t know. One day I had a beautiful website, and when I looked again a couple of days later, I found this: I’m using the Astra Pro theme on WordPress. The Astra support people are working with me to figure out what happened here, but …

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