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Reading

Back to the Classics Update

My original post about this Back to the Classics challenge is on my now defunct personal blog, but all future updates will be here. It took me a while to finish  Brave New World as I had forgotten how intense the narrative is and how much it can drain me while reading. I love the […]

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Reading

6 Amazing Read Aloud Picture Books (and 1 Independent Reading)

*Originally Published on Forloveofeducation.com. Published here with permission. I absolutely love the blog,> children’s literature” href=”http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com/tag/childrens-literature/”> I Capture the Rowhouse, and Farrar’s frequent posts about what her family is reading inspired me to share similarly here. We read a lot and I really want a better way of keeping a record of what we are […]

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Reading

30 “Classic” Must-Read Books

A friend’s post on Facebook sparked this blog post. I’m often surprised by how many people have not read novels that I thought were middle and high school staples. And I’m even more shocked by those people who have gone to college, and graduated from, college without having read Orwell’s “1984” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” […]

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Reading

Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Originally posted on  Kristinabrooke.net A Classic Written by a Woman Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Shirley Jackson. While I did enjoy “The Lottery” in the past, something about her writing has always bored me to tears. Maybe she is too descriptive? Is that possible? My vivid imagination prefers to do the work […]

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Crocheting

Baby Blankets Galore

I was asked to make two baby blankets to be given as gifts this holiday season, and I jumped at the chance to do so. I love babies and being able to share in a family’s joy by making a baby blanket made me smile. There is nothing better than the positive energy brought on […]

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Knitting

Pillow Soft Knitted Cowl

I recently opened my online store to sell my knitted and crocheted items. It’s been something that I talked about doing for a while but I hesitated because I’m a perfectionist. I experience a lot of anxiety about not being good enough. However, at the urging of my husband who is my biggest fan, I […]

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Knitting My Patterns

Super Soft “Warmth” Infinity Scarf Pattern

Interestingly enough, knitting is fairly new to me but once I began knitting cowls and scarves, I could not stop. I love the look of hand-knit items. They look intricate in their designs and cozy. Something about them makes me think of my grandmother (who I don’t ever actually remember seeing knit). Knitting is something […]

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Crocheting

Wrist warmers that I actually like

I’ve never been a fan of wrist warmers (or is it wrists warmers). In fact, for the longest time I did not understand the purpose. After all, I am from New York and if it was cold enough to need help warming my wrists, then it was probably time for gloves. Admittedly, they can be […]