Declaring Independence

Facts:Date finished: Didn’tAuthor: Douglas SchoenCategory: Non-fiction, politicalPublished: 2008Pages: 272 Basic Plot:Non-fiction book about the rise of the independent voter and how it can change politics. My assessment:Didn’t even bother finishing this thing. I _thought_ it was going to be about the rise of a third party since the subtitle is…

Getting local on Squidoo

Thanks to yet another happy accident, I’ve become quite good at developing lenses on local topics. Well, maybe good is stretching it, but I have had some interesting successes with lenses specific to Dallas (which is what’s local for me) and the surrounding areas. Now, back in the spring, I…

New Moon – The Twilight Saga Book Two

Facts:Date finished: 10-12-08Author: Stephenie MeyerCategory: Teen fantasyPublished: 2006Pages: 563Rating: 4.5/5 My review of book one Basic Plot:After the near-fatal disasters of spring, Edward decides that being with Bella can only cause her harm in the long run. He and his family depart Forks, leaving no trace behind to remind Bella…

Recently read but not reviewed

Sorry. Don’t have time for full reviews of everything I read. (If you can call the reviews I do full.) Plus, if it’s the 14th book in a series, there’s only so much I can say about it. But I still want to keep track of what I’ve read, so…

Advent and Santa? What’s wrong with this picture

I know Halloween hasn’t arrived yet, but there are lots of people already thinking about Christmas. (I’ve been designing our holiday card at work.) But while doing random other things, I ran across the “Advent” calendar shown here. It’s quite lovely, but really knocked me for a loop when I…