The Bookworm: Making the best of the situation
Published 04/15/2014 at 5:11 p.m.
You were sure that everyone was in awe. There you were, poised, confident, and in control. You had a handle on things and you were workin' it. All eyes were on you, watching, and you were sure they were impressed ...
The Bookworm: Friendships blossom in 'Gardening'
Published 04/08/2014 at 4:20 p.m.
Every day, all spring and summer long, you try to go to bed. First is the flower bed, with waves of yellows, pinks, and reds. Then there's a garden bed filled with the promise of lunch. Sheets of plants make ...
The Bookworm: Seeking comfort and stress-free living
Published 03/31/2014 at 4:42 p.m.
Lately, it seems as though everything sets your teeth on edge. The neighbors are way too noisy. Customer service … isn't. Your in-laws are a bunch of ingrates. And your co-workers? Let's not go there. You're over just about everything: ...
The Bookworm: The man behind the maneuver and ending violence toward women
Updated 03/25/2014 at 1:51 p.m.
Attaboy! Good job. You've done well for yourself. You deserve the Gold Star, a standing ovation. There's a raise in your future, a bonus for work done right. You deserve a pat on the back – except if you're choking. ...
The Bookworm: These true stories are a don't miss
Published 03/18/2014 at 5:16 p.m.
Having braces apparently wasn't bad enough. You hated your tin grin, but that wasn't as demoralizing as acne, which was nothing compared to hormones, which wasn't as annoying as untamable hair, which was minimal compared to your teenage self-esteem – ...
The Bookworm: Water is essential for life, music feeds it
Published 03/13/2014 at 1:52 p.m.
Tap, tap, tap. That's all you're thinking when you're thirsty. A chilly glass, sparkly ice, and a fresh tap that requires little more than a turn for relief. It's a simple thing, really, but imagine how much your great-grandma would've ...
The Bookworm: Girls – A dramatic story and some fun insight
Published 03/07/2014 at 4 a.m.
You've had the best of times. You've seen the worst of times. The former seems like a tissue in a hurricane: here, then whisked away in a blink, as though it never occurred. The latter is something like a car ...
The Bookworm: Questioning one's sanity; spending the golden years at home
Published 02/26/2014 at 10:26 a.m.
Your neighbor loves heavy rock & roll. He has all the CDs of all the major metal bands. It's impressive, really, the determination he used to find them, starting with the earliest and the heaviest. He listens to them every ...
The Bookworm: The way things were, back in the day
Published 02/18/2014 at 1:58 p.m.
You know your rights! Or, well, at least you're pretty sure you do. Laws can change quickly and they're often up for interpretation. Sometimes, there's a gray area, too, and … So you know your rights. But how to enforce ...
The Bookworm: Dorsey does the 'Tiger Shrimp Tango': Will be at Sunshine Booksellers this weekend
Published 02/11/2014 at 10:05 a.m.
It sounded too good to be true. Earn money at home, no investment required. Free for a limited time. No purchase necessary. And what's your bank account number? You're a trusting soul, but you're also getting good at spotting scams. ...
The Bookworm: Life and death and the wild children in between
Published 02/05/2014 at 10:27 a.m.
Just one more bedtime story. You wanted that as a child because you’ve always been someone who hates endings (one more for the road). Everyone knows you never get out the door on time (let me just look again). Coat ...
The Bookworm: Food – What you eat and where it comes from
Published 01/28/2014 at 3:54 p.m.
That sound you heard a few minutes ago? That's your stomach, rumbling. Yep, you're hungry. Ready for chow. Wanting something salty, sweet, crunchy (sound good?) smooth, chewy, tasty. For sure, you know what you don't want – but you're not ...
The Bookworm: Good memories and great friends
Published 01/22/2014 at 1:11 p.m.
The whole world is your living room. That's how it feels sometimes because you don't know any better place for relaxing than the outdoors. With a shady tree as your easy chair, birdsong as your music, and your dog nearby, ...
The Bookworm: Life's freedoms and demands
Published 01/08/2014 at 10:56 a.m.
Your best friend has been all a-flutter about something lately. You haven't seen much of her, in fact. She's been sticking close to her nest but that's okay. Next time you get together, it'll be just like you were never ...
The Bookworm: No pain, no gain; an education in friendship
Published 12/30/2013 at 6:21 p.m.
"No" is definitely not your favorite word. You can't stand to hear it in any form. You can't stand to read it and you very rarely say it. You hate the word because it only means you can't have something ...
The Bookworm: Imaginations – a terrible thing to waste
Published 12/25/2013 at 5:11 p.m.
Someday, you’re going to be something big. You’ll be very famous of that, you’re absolutely certain. Lots of people will want your autograph, photographers will scream for your picture, you’ll be onstage every night and everyone will clap for you.
The Bookworm: Tough seasons and powerful phrases
Published 12/17/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
It snowed overnight. You saw it first thing this morning, and you grumbled. You know how much extra work that stuff is: shoveling, brushing, scraping. Everything needs more time to warm up and get going – including you.
The Book Worm: Missing memories; murder goes both ways
Published 12/10/2013 at 2:56 p.m.
This time of year always makes you think of things past. You're reminded of the holidays, and the kids when they were small. That makes you think about when you were a kid, of fun outside, Mom's cookies inside, games ...
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.
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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 ...