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.
The Bookworm: Two stirring tales of two very different women
Published 09/04/2009 at 5:17 p.m.
It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. Yeah, you never bought into that, either, did you?
The Bookworm: A glimpse into two different, hidden worlds
Published 08/28/2009 at 5:06 p.m.
Have you ever seen The Perfect Dog?
From the top of the heap to the bottom of the grave
Published 08/21/2009 at 12:29 p.m.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Life can certainly be amazing
Published 08/14/2009 at 10:40 a.m.
So, let’s say somebody came up to you on the first day of school and started telling you about a guy with thousands of pins in his face and it didn’t kill him, and a ginormous snake that swallowed a ...
An author proxy and a character author
Published 08/07/2009 at 10:52 a.m.
Eenie, meenie, meinie, mo. Remember when playing games was a pastime?
Scandalous lives, affairs and encounters
Published 07/31/2009 at 10:03 a.m.
It’s a small world. And it’s getting smaller.
From dogs to divas, here are some summer reads
Published 07/22/2009 at 9:53 a.m.
Dog lovers are a contradictory bunch. We bring home an adorable little bundle of fur called a puppy, aiming to make him a shining example of good citizenship
Everything you wanted to know about babies and b**gers
Published 07/17/2009 at 1:20 p.m.
On your way home from work the other night, you stopped by the store to pick up some things you needed. You had a few items in mind (isn’t it always like this?), but you bought more than was on ...
Cheating the reaper and bending the rules
Published 07/10/2009 at 3:32 p.m. 1 Comment
Throughout your life, you’ve probably noticed that there are two kinds of people: those that are late, and those that are not.
Beauty and depression can both be ailments
Published 07/01/2009 at 4:51 p.m.
Never let them see you cry. That used to be your motto – tears can be so inappropriate, right?
Rockets glare red for different reasons
Published 06/26/2009 at 2:20 p.m.
Imagine that you went to work one day and changed the world.
Behind-the-scenes stories of miracles
Published 06/19/2009 at 2:22 p.m.
Traffic was stalled for miles, and so was your patience. There was nothing you could do except pound the steering wheel and watch your blood pressure rise
Child mysteries and falling in love
Published 06/17/2009 at 2:32 p.m.
One minute. Maybe less. You can’t even say you turned your back. You only glanced at something there, admired something here, and in that breath of time when your eyes were elsewhere, your child disappeared.
First things first: the first woman and first dog
Published 06/05/2009 at 9:02 a.m.
Imagine that an anonymous benefactor just bestowed upon you an unexpected gift: a new home with everything you could ever want in it.
Exploring the unknown: afterlife and teenage boys
Published 05/29/2009 at 3:01 p.m.
You know the feeling: you’d been in that room before. You remembered it, but it was different then.
Everybody’s got troubles, don’t they?
Published 05/26/2009 at 10:51 a.m.
You do it without even thinking about it. You hum around the house, sing to your babies, to your God, or to the radio. You catch yourself doing it while you’re relaxing with a hobby.
When and when not to cheat
Published 05/16/2009 at 1:28 p.m.
One week’s worth of vacation. All year long, you accumulate hours at work, just so you can take a leisurely week off to do what you want. Sure, you have a to-do list for your vacation, but here’s what’s on ...
Bonding through life’s different passages
Published 05/08/2009 at 3:14 p.m.
Your daughter calls her “BFF:” Best Friends Forever. It’s a girl-bond that means sharing everything, including secrets, crushes and favorite clothes, best signified by incessant phone calls, texts, IMs, and sleepovers. Dads will never understand. Mothers know exactly.
Changing lives and changing times
Published 05/01/2009 at 5 p.m.
When you were 15, your mother was hopelessly out of touch. Secretly, perhaps, you admired her
First ladies and farm animals
Published 04/24/2009 at 2:27 p.m.
Remember last year’s political uproar? No, I’m not talking about election stumping or finger-pointing. Not mavericks or six-packs or porcine lipstick (although, who can forget those?).
Getting to the heart of the matter
Published 04/17/2009 at 3:36 p.m.
Every day that you are alive, you are in danger. Leave the house and a tree could fall on you as you walk to the street. Or, an out-of-control car could run you over.
Life and death lead to powerful discussions
Published 04/10/2009 at 4:27 p.m.
The pain started in your shoulder. No big deal. You convinced yourself it was nothing. Really.
Here's to good health, financial and otherwise!
Published 04/03/2009 at 5:38 p.m. 1 Comment
Your friend swears that she absolutely must drink eight glasses of water each day. She says it’s for her health, and she swears by it. But you’re a little confused
The secrets of relationships and household plumbing
Published 03/27/2009 at 5:45 p.m.
The first few notes of the song begin, and his eyes meet hers from across the room. Shyly, they smile. It’s their wedding day, and this is, “Their song.”
Economics gone bad and love gone sour
Published 03/19/2009 at 3:02 p.m.
You walked into the living room last night and instantly, felt terror. Wide-eyed, you couldn’t bear to approach the television. You were suffering from remotophobia, that fearfully sick, averse feeling you get when you use your TV’s remote control
The Bookworm: A magical plaything and a playful magician
Published 03/13/2009 at 3:58 p.m.
When you were a kid, danger lurked everywhere. It seemed like there was always another bad guy waiting to create chaos, and only you could save the world from complete destruction, by using your cap gun or chemistry set.
Bookworm: True stories and real problems
Published 03/06/2009 at 4:50 p.m.
It happens every time: you’re busy, in a hurry, and somebody starts blah-blah-blahing, making a long story longer.
Curious murders and peculiar lifestyles
Updated 02/27/2009 at 2:55 p.m.
“Say cheeeeese!” As a child, you undoubtedly held “cheese” in your mouth while your mother was on the backside of a camera.
Sweet memories and sweeter sounds
Published 02/20/2009 at 3:54 p.m.
He did it again. Even though he knows it irritates you and makes you want to scream, he persists in doing that which really bugs you. Is he doing it on purpose? You wonder.
Looking for salvation and avoiding disaster
Published 02/13/2009 at 4:51 p.m.
The strangest thing happened the other day and you’re still thinking about it. You bought an old book somewhere and when you got it home, a photo fell out. It was a school picture of a close childhood friend. You ...
A big job and a bigger lady
Published 02/06/2009 at 5:12 p.m.
Last night promised to be a nice, quiet night. Just you, a bag of something salty and the remote control for the TV. And then, you heard a loud noise.
Snack attack and the loony bin
Published 01/30/2009 at 12:46 p.m.
You’ve been practicing. Ever since the playoffs began, you’ve been working out, making sure you’re in tip-top shape for the Super Bowl.