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Mar 24

Vacation, Lohmann-style

Last week, the Viking and I took our annual ski trip to Utah. I could fill this blog post with pictures like this one, of the majestic slopes of Snowbird where we skied. (Okay, I skied and the Viking snowboarded.) But I post pictures like this every March--and when I release books in my Snowdance series. This year, the Viking and I decided to visit a place we've never been before, Antelope Island. I lived in Utah for five years and have gone back at least once a year for twenty years. I'd...

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Mar 09

Judy’s Books

As part of a conversation at NoveList, I clicked over to a link about Read Across America and eventually landed on a page about Jack Prelutsky, the beginning of his career writing poetry, and Dr. Seuss. Immediately, I was flooded with memories of my childhood happy book place, Judy's Books on Main Street in Twin Falls, Idaho. Most librarians have memories of their local library and their local librarian; I have memories of Judy's Books and Judy, the eponymous owner. My mom owned a small store...

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Mar 05

Luna and the Death Eater

In February, the Viking and I went to a Harry Potter-themed wedding. When we got the invitation, I squealed with delight. Check out this adorable wedding invitation (please ignore my terrible Microsoft Paint marks). [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="192"] Front of the wedding invitation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="200"] First unfolding of the invitation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1221" align="aligncenter" width="201"]...

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Feb 22

Cats, man

Sometimes, it seems like all I do is write about how annoying my pets are. That's probably because pets--while awesome--are pretty dang annoying. Cats are especially annoying. They each have their own little quirks. You might have a cat who is a barfer. Or one who is a revenge pee-er. (I've had one of those. They're terrible). A cat who bops you on the nose in the middle of the night when they want food. What ever annoying thing your cat does is cute, because it's your cat and they're cute. ...

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Jan 09

Snow day musings

I aspire to approach life the way my dog approaches a snow day. And no, not to bound through it with unbridled abandon. That’s part of my aspiration, but not the whole of it. And neither is it the whole of life. My dog, Seamus, is 45 pounds and will be 15 in March. In human years, he’s approximately George Burns. He can’t see very well, is deaf, has arthritis in his hips, has some nerve thing in his back that makes his back legs give out occasionally, and has the beginnings of dement...

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Oct 06


I’m not normally the type of person who uses the word, “blessings.” Not to imply that I’m not thankful for things in my life or feel gratitude on a daily basis (I do!), but to me, blessings rise to a different level. Blessings are a feeling of gratitude that sinks deep in the marrow of my bones combined with a feeling of luck that makes me feel light on my feet. Blessings bring tears to my eyes, long after the situation has passed.   September was a month when I was reminded o...

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