Category Archives: Porch Books

A Satisfying Yard Sale

Our neighborhood rummage sale was Friday and Saturday, and I’m pleased to report that we managed both to free up about a cubic yard of space in our home and make several sale-goers very happy. Normally I find working the … Continue reading

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I Scoop Jasper Fforde

Early in 2010 I wrote a blog post about a character I saw at a local coffee shop, cleverly disguising the name and location of the coffee shop by referring to it as Stubbs. Imagine my surprise this week when … Continue reading

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Dirty Book Covers of 1870

I re-read one of my favorite books a few weeks ago, Louisa May Alcott’s An Old Fashioned-Girl. I first discovered it in grade school, in an edition that had belonged to my mother when she was a girl, which turns … Continue reading

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Porch Book 2: Laos to Thailand…and then?

One of the perks of hanging online with other writers for young people is advance notice of books I can’t wait to read.┬áThis is also one of the liabilities, because I had to wait almost two years for my second … Continue reading

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The First Porch Book of Summer

From late May through Labor Day, our smallish Dutch Colonial suddenly gains another full room because the weather’s warm enough to sit/write/eat/live on the screened porch. My absolute favorite thing to do on the porch in summer is read a … Continue reading

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