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Bibliophile, Virginian by birth, Photographer, Traveler, Volunteer, Consensus Builder, Product Development and Marketing Professional, New Technology Follower, ...

Peace on Earth, David Sedaris Style

If Seinfeld is a show about nothing, then David Sedaris’s essays are musings on the same topic. The humorist has been scribbling about bellybutton lint and other life oddities since courdory jackets were hip. His big break came in 1992 … Continue reading

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Summer of 2014 Reading List

This spring my husband and I ventured out on what I called The Grand Inland Southern Tour. En route to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, our road trip took us through Birmingham, Alabama by way of Chattanooga, Tennessee. … Continue reading

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Something for the New Year’s Reading Diet

Author Howard Owen With the passing of Elmore Leonard in 2013, we were all reminded of his big rule on writing—try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Lucky for us, writer Howard Owen has mastered this … Continue reading

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The Power of Word Imagery

I am watching the Netflix series House of Cards featuring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.  One of the characters is a cub reporter who abandons a bright future at a prestigious newspaper to work outside in the gutter for an … Continue reading

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Noah’s Wife

Noah’s Wife by T. K. Thorne Set in 5500 BCE in ancient Turkey, this story is inspired by the theories penned in Noah’s Flood, The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event that Changed History (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998). … Continue reading

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Talking with author Sarah Norkus

Last week This Common Reader had the good fortune of meeting thrice published author Sarah Norkus.  She took some time away from her writing schedule to have a virtual chat. Check out Ms. Norkus’ books: The Eleventh Summer (a memoir … Continue reading

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How about that Fifty Shades of Grey book?

When a friend told me about this book, the first question I had for her was, “Does it have teenage vampires in it?” Her response was no, but it takes place in the state of Washington.  Suddenly, I saw shades … Continue reading

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Dog bites and bee stings: summer’s here!

Who said that living is easy in the summertime?   Don’t get me wrong, I love being outside, the long days and the hot weather.  But for me, summer is a contact sport in which I usually lose. Two weeks ago … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2012

Memorial Day originated from the commemoration of the fallen American Civil War Union soldiers and has evolved into a US Federal holiday which pays tribute to all American soldiers who have died in our wars. This week let us remember … Continue reading

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Beach Reading for Summer 2012

Here’s This Common Reader’s book list for beach reading this summer. For the guys. On summer break between my junior and senior years at college, I was introduced to George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series by a friend who wore a Prince … Continue reading

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