The Bookworm: Some royal pains can turn out to be blessings
Published 12/03/2013 at 2:27 p.m.
This Christmas, you're giving up a lot. You're giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You're giving up money to make sure the best gifts are beneath that tree on Christmas morning. You're giving up time ...
Bookworm: The Trip of a Lifetime and the history of Hanukkah
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:58 p.m. 1 Comment
Take a trip and enjoy Hanukkah.
The Bookworm: On the edge – two profanity-laced books also have life lessons
Published 11/05/2013 at 4:45 p.m.
Dirty, nasty, filthy. That's what your mother claimed "those words" were. You said them once … and were never allowed to say them again in her presence. They were bad words. They were dirty – unless, of course, Richard Pryor ...
The Book Worm: Death, haunts and the haunted
Published 10/30/2013 at 11:39 a.m.
Let's say you want to stir up a little something.Start with three cups of quiet collaboration. Add in a dash of rumor; a teaspoon each of anti-Semitism, segregation, and Red Scare; and a tablespoon of divisive politics. Stir in money ...
The Bookworm: Challenge your perceptions; the will of man
Published 10/24/2013 at 1:35 p.m.
So whaddaya know? Probably quite a bit, when it comes right down to it. You know where you are, what's in front of you, and how to read these words, for starters. You know what it's like outside, what you ...
The Bookworm: A new 'leash' on life and some medical drama
Published 10/17/2013 at 12:44 p.m.
These days, your arms feel awfully empty. The house is too quiet and tidy. There's no click-click-click of toenails on the floor, no slobbered water, no toys strewn about, no kibble to clean up. You even miss those shedded little ...
The Bookworm: Gone, but not forgotten
Published 10/08/2013 at 2:17 p.m.
The other night at bedtime, there was big trouble. You went to grab your favorite storybook and … it was gone! You looked under the bed. You searched in your toybox. You peeked into the closet, the kitchen, beneath the ...
The Bookworm: Drama – Real-life and stage
Published 10/01/2013 at 2:53 p.m.
All day long, while you're at school, you really miss your parents. But that's okay. You know you'll see them in a few hours or a few days and it'll be fun. You'll get hugs and give kisses, make dinner ...
The Bookworm: Do you dare? And the not-so-happily ever after
Published 09/24/2013 at 1:06 p.m.
You've always loved dogs. You love playing with them, throwing sticks for them to retrieve, wrestling with them on the floor. You love their soft fur and their goofy grins and there's nothing better than snuggling with a dog on ...
The Bookworm: Experiencing the slide – Dealing with dementia
Published 09/19/2013 at 10:04 a.m.
You can't fix everything. That's a hard lesson to learn, no matter who you are. You can't swoop in and make things right when they're not yours to correct. You can't throw money at something to make it go away, ...
The Book Worm: When things go wrong
Published 09/10/2013 at 2:01 p.m.
You know exactly what you'd do. You're prepared with a drill, if the house catches fire. In case of gunfire, you've got a plan in mind. You've watched TV coverage of crimes, disasters, and floods enough to have envisioned how ...
The Book Worm: Real-life mysteries and eye openers
Published 09/03/2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Everything you believe is wrong. There are, for instance, no alligators living in the sewers of New York. Elvis is not alive and living near a burger joint in Michigan. Head colds are not caused by walking in the snow, ...
The Book Worm: Bait and switch – The hunters and the hunted
Published 08/27/2013 at 3:02 p.m.
You always expect the best care. When you need service, you want a top-notch mechanic, banker, jeweler, or cashier. You patronize knowledgeable people that put the customer (you!) first. And that goes doubly for your health-care provider. When you're sick
Bookworm: Country gardening and man's best friend
Published 08/20/2013 at 3:43 p.m.
“To Eat: A Country Life” by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd c.2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux $25.00/$29.00 Canada 194 pages
The Bookworm: Gain wisdom from these true-life experiences
Published 08/15/2013 at 2:32 p.m.
Read the latest books by authors Andrea Kay and Tom Kizzia.
The Bookworm: Back to school – Required reading for students, teachers
Published 08/06/2013 at 9:25 a.m.
Your grades were an embarrassment last year. Sometime over this summer, though, you realized something that everybody had been saying for eons: You can do better. You have potential, so you've decided that you're going to study harder, work smarter, ...
The Bookworm: Human oddities, odds and ends
Published 07/30/2013 at 2:03 p.m.
Three heads and five arms. Everybody's looking at you like that's what you've got, even though you've tried to fit in. You've done your best to speak their language, sample the local cuisine, wear clothes that don't scream "tourist!" … ...
The Bookworm: The power of faith and positive thinking
Published 07/23/2013 at 9:32 a.m.
For most of your life, you've had a good relationship with God. He's a close personal friend, in fact, and you talk to Him often. He even lives nearby; so close, that you visit Him often. He's a good listener, ...
The Bookworm: Miracle in the ice; four-legged miracles
Published 07/16/2013 at 5:24 p.m.
When you look back on your life, you notice that much has changed. Personally, you've grown, matured in mind and body, formed opinions, taken knocks, bounced back, and endured. From outside, you've seen the advent of Internet, cell phone, social ...
Add some sizzle to your summer reading
Published 07/11/2013 at 9:37 a.m.
You've got your summer all planned out. Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You've got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a roadtrip, and plenty of dates with ...
The Bookworm: Doctor's feelings; a litte nastiness goes a long way
Published 07/09/2013 at 10:38 a.m.
He wasn't the doctor you normally see. It really didn't matter, though. Choice of physician wasn't an issue in the ER, but pain and fear definitely were. You didn't care who you saw right then. You just wanted it over ...
The Bookworm: A leader like no other; a romance that withstands time
Published 07/01/2013 at 2:43 p.m.
Your mother sent you to your room the other day. You hate that. You didn't think you were being naughty but Mama did, and she punished you. You had to sit in your room alone for awhile and you cried, ...
The Bookworm: Strong women with many directions
Published 06/25/2013 at 11:06 a.m.
You'd pack your bags in a heartbeat. Yep, if they ever come up with a commuter bus to outer space, you'll be first in line for tickets. And why not? You've grown up with the space race, men on the ...
The Bookworm: No clean getaways here
Published 06/18/2013 at 9:49 a.m.
Your mother loves to reminisce. "Remember when … " she says before launching into some often-embarrassing story about something that happened years ago. "Remember when," two words that make you scramble to recall whatever she's talking about. Sometimes, t
The Bookworm: Life (and death) lessons
Published 06/11/2013 at 4:55 p.m.
Sitting around all summer would've been so wrong. And that's why you found a job that year between classes. No more parental hand-outs, no more wearing clothes your mom bought you, no more borrowing the car. With your own job, ...
The Bookworm: The latest from Dan Brown and a waterlogged 'Titantic' tale
Published 05/28/2013 at 1:52 p.m.
All your life, you've tried to be good. As a child, you were taught kindness and compassion, honesty and trustworthiness. You learned graciousness and generosity, and embraced gratitude. You've always tried to be good for several reasons, mostly because i
The Bookworm: Here's to your health – Good drinks, friends and conversation
Published 05/21/2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Your doctor tells you that you need more vegetables in your diet. Pay attention to the food groups, she said, and she gave you a chart. Four servings of this, two servings of that, green things and yellow things all ...
The Bookworm: Back from the dead and a healing pet story
Published 05/14/2013 at 2:13 p.m.
For awhile there, you thought you were gonna die. Your head hurt. Your body ached, and your stomach was acting like a fresh-caught fish – but that didn't matter much. Bills still needed paying and business needed attending. There was ...
The Bookworm: Intrigue, romance and a good old fashioned fleecing
Published 05/07/2013 at 4:17 p.m.
Sometimes, your entire life feels like a recipe for drama. Oh, you really hate it and you'd like to wipe your plate clean of it all, but that's never gonna happen. No matter what's cooking around you, there's always an ...
The Bookworm: Before-social-media connections
Published 04/30/2013 at 3:32 p.m.
When anybody wants the real story, you've got it. Yep, you've got your ear to the ground and that scanner you bought. Or maybe you've got good connections to bring you the juiciest gossip, scandals and troubles, births and moves, ...
The Bookworm: Dealing with a parent's cancer; life on the wild side
Published 04/25/2013 at 3:52 p.m.
Truthfully, the bad news came as no surprise. Your Mom hadn't been feeling well lately and for weeks, you'd heard your parents whispering. You knew she was having some tests done; still, when they finally told you she had cancer, ...
The Bookworm: A life without kids and a life without order
Published 04/18/2013 at 2:10 p.m.
This week, two of your friends broke the news: They're pregnant. One's due in October, the other in November. Heavy sigh. It's not exactly that you're anti-kid. No, you like kids … as long as they're not yours, and you're ...
Bookworm: The devils are in the details
Published 02/19/2010 at 5:34 p.m.
Book reviews of Robin Ryan's “Over 40 & You’re Hired!” and Joe Hill's "Horns."
The Bookworm: The devils are in the details
Published 02/16/2010 at 12:44 p.m.
This morning, when you got out of bed and wandered into the bathroom, the same face that’s greeted you on hundreds of mornings stared back at you in the mirror.
The Bookworm: Creepy murders and creeping mortality await
Published 02/11/2010 at 10:13 a.m.
You swore you’d never do it. But you did. In your mind, there was a line you’d never cross. Something you wouldn’t or couldn’t do.
The Bookworm: Two women deal with death and with life
Published 01/27/2010 at 2:49 p.m.
You thought you knew your rights. You’ve seen every episode of “Perry Mason” and “CSI” and watched plenty of courtroom-drama movies. You’re pretty well versed on criminal justice and you know what goes on in front of a judge.
THE Bookworm: Pushing the envelop and the ballot box
Published 01/21/2010 at 3:57 p.m.
Ah. Another day, another dollar, minus taxes, dues, and insurance. Lately, you feel like you’re getting an allowance, instead of a paycheck.
The Bookworm: The queen of coupons and the king of rock & roll
Published 01/08/2010 at 2:33 p.m.
For about a year now, you’ve tightened your belt, hard. You’ve stretched your pennies ‘til Abe screams.
The Bookworm: Dealing with rude people and your brain
Published 12/29/2009 at 4:05 p.m.
It was a big rush around your house the other day, and once you got where you were headed, you suddenly realized that you forgot your hat. Again.
The Bookworm: Dreaming of a white Christmas?
Published 12/04/2009 at 4:33 p.m.
The invitation contained everything you needed to know to have fun. Well, almost everything. You knew the date and time and where to be.
The Bookworm: These books are all in the family
Published 11/25/2009 at 4:50 p.m.
You had something specific in mind to give as a gift this year, but you couldn’t find what you were looking for.
The Bookworm: It’s criminal, what these authors do
Published 11/20/2009 at 1:44 p.m.
It was just an accident. Nobody meant for it to happen. It was just “one of those things,” only orchestrated when the cosmos met and decided that it was your turn.
The Bookworm: You should be all ears for these two books
Published 11/13/2009 at 2:41 p.m.
It’s Sunday afternoon, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be than in front of your TV. You’ve got chips, liquid refreshment, the remote, and you’re wearing your lucky slippers. Gotta support the team, you know.
We all need something to hold onto
Published 10/30/2009 at 3:57 p.m.
You know it’s impossible – it’s a piece of ground, for Heaven’s sake – but your garden almost looks sad.
The bookworm: Some facts and figures to figure out
Published 10/23/2009 at 3:02 p.m.
One quick peek at your calendar, and you know it’s time. Time to figure out where you’re going to get your turkey – two turkeys, in fact, one for November and one for December.
The Bookworm: Books about cancers of the body and of the mind
Published 10/16/2009 at 2:23 p.m.
You couldn’t pretend any longer. The lump was there, no doubt about it. You noticed during your once-a-month self-exam, but you brushed it off then, sure that it was nothing.
The Bookworm: Feeling attraction and repulsion from two books
Published 10/09/2009 at 2:02 p.m.
You thought you knew everything.
The Bookworm: Two different ways to get ahead
Published 10/02/2009 at 2:55 p.m.
It was a lesson you learned the moment you were old enough to sass back: always respect your elders
The bookworm: Two books for the dog days of summer
Published 09/25/2009 at 4:05 p.m.
Remember the day you found your best friend, or was it the other way around?
The Bookworm: Two the hard way
Published 09/11/2009 at 5:11 p.m.
You had to have it. You saw the ad, you wanted the item, it was on sale, you had to have it, that’s that.