That Titular Moment

status-anxietyYou know that moment in a book when you realize where its title came from?  Sometimes it’s just a catch-all theme.  Sometimes it emerges as an idea.  Sometimes it’s an actual line in the book.  For some reason, I always find this moment exciting.  It makes me giddy.  I will often mark it with one of my ever-present Post-Its, just so I can come back and relive the moment later.  That’s how much I love it. Continue reading

“The Word Exchange” by Alena Graedon

the-word-exchangeI read this intelligent, suspenseful, and captivating novel a few months ago, and have been trying to figure out how to review it, and do it justice, ever since.  I’m still not sure.  I loved it, but it was almost, and I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but it really was almost too smart.  Too clean.  Too perfect.  Without reservation, I would recommend it highly to anyone.  But it’s intimidating.

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Define “curious”

For some reason, my alarm clock is set to this religious station.  Every morning I am awakened by a booming, enthusiastic sermon about one topic or another.  Despite the subject matter, I always find the voice comforting.  But this morning was a doozy.

The preacher/pastor/rabbi whatever he is was talking about infidelity, and he walked through an interesting progression.  He started out by saying that many people have beautiful bodies, different shapes, different curves, different attributes, and that finding these attributes attractive is not a sin.  Appreciating them is not a sin.  Offering an awed, almost involuntary compliment in manifestation of this appreciation is not a sin.  Thinking about these attributes is not a sin.  Even dreaming about these attributes is not a sin.  But it is close.  Continue reading